August 20th, 2009
06:08 PM ET

The world's most powerful women

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Forbes' Power Women list isn't about celebrity or popularity; it's about influence. Queen Rania of Jordan (No. 75), for instance, is perhaps the most listened-to woman in the Middle East; her Twitter feed has 600,000 followers.

In assembling the list, Forbes looked for women who run countries, big companies or influential nonprofits. Their rankings are a combination of two scores: visibility–by press mentions–and the size of the organization or country these women lead.

At No. 1, for the fourth consecutive year, is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Up for reelection this September, she is leader of the world's fourth-largest economy. She faces a tough year: Germany's GDP is expected to shrink this year despite a small uptick in the second quarter.


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  1. Annie Kate

    Glad to see Hilary Clinton's name on the list although I would have expected it to be ranked higher – she is currently at #36. For someone who served honorably in the Senate, ran a tough campaign for the Democratic nomination for President (and missed it by a hair), and ended up as Secretary of State, Hilary has demonstrated that power is not only in victory but also in serving the greater good.

    August 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm |
  2. Isabel • Brazil

    Too much power! I just hope that this power be used for something noble!

    August 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm |