Merkel beats Clinton on Forbes list as world’s most powerful woman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

{BNN/NEW JERSEY, U.S. – The recently released Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful Women has revealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again topped the list for the sixth consecutive year.

Merkel is followed by U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who is ranked in the second position on the list.

The annual report that is put together by popular business journal Forbes reportedly read, “If there is a single leader able to defy existential economic and political challenges to the European Union, from edges and core, it has been German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But her latest act may be the boldest. By opening Germany’s borders to over 1 million immigrants from Syria and other Muslim countries in the last several years, Merkel has decided to wield her power with the most curious of geopolitical strategies: sheer humanism.”

Forbes said that media presence, spheres of influence, impact in respective fields and money in terms of net worth, company revenues or GDP are the four criteria that are taken into consideration during the formation of the list.

The Chairwomen of the U.S. Federal Reserve Janet Yellen has been ranked third on this list. She is the first female chair federal to make it on the list.

Philanthropist, Melinda Gates and General Motors CEO Mary Barra have been ranked fourth and fifth on the list respectively.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the newly elected leader of Myanmar who has also won the Nobel Peace Prize, ranks No. 26 on the list.

Suu Kyi said in a statement, “In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.”

The Queen of England ranks 29th on the list, while Minister Nicola Sturgeon ranks 50th on the list, making her the second most powerful woman in U.K. after the queen.

Meanwhile, Africa celebrated the fact that three of its women have made it on the list. The Vice Chair of Famfa Oil (A Nigerian Oil Exploration Company) Folorunsho Alakija, ranks 80th followed by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who ranked 83rd on the list and Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim who ranked 96th on the list.

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