Michelle Obama tops ‘2010 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list

October 7th, 2010 - 11:03 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama has been named as the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.

This year’s annual Forbes Magazine’s list of most powerful women ranked the First Lady ahead of other women who are head of states, top executives and celebrities throughout the world.

The list ranked TV show star, Oprah Winfrey as the third most powerful woman in the world. That places the media mogul one place behind the Chief Executive of Kraft Foods, Irene Rosenfield. Rosenfield led Kraft Foods $18 billion hostile takeover of Britain’s Cadbury.

The list has German Chancellor, Angela Merkel as the fourth most powerful woman in the world. Angela Merkel was elected for another term as Germany leader last year. The United State’s Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, completes the top five list.

“They have built companies and brands, sometimes by non-traditional means and they have broken through gender barriers in areas of commerce, politics, sports and media and cultural zeitgeist, and thereby affecting the lives of millions, sometimes billions of people,” according to Moira Forbes, vice president and publisher of ForbesWoman.

Other women that made it to the top ten list of powerful women are PepsiCo Inc Chief Executive Officer, Indra Nooyi, pop star Lady Gaga, Australia Westpac banking Corp Chief Executive Officer, Gail Kelly, singer Beyonce Knowles and talk show star Ellen DeGeneres.

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