Forbes Magazine has announced this year’s most powerful women.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel took the number 1 spot the 2011 Most Powerful Women List. Forbes praised the German politician for steering Europe into economic and political stability despite all the economic turmoil many European Union states are facing.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is at the second spot.
The president of Brazil, Dilma Roussef is in third place.
Number 4 and 5 came from the business sector - Indra Nooyi, chief of Pepsi and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of social network giant Facebook.
Philanthropist Melinda Gates is in the sixth spot.
The youngest member of the elite list is Lady Gaga. The 25-year old artist took the 11th spot.
Oprah is at the 14th and Beyonce on the 18th.
Below is the Top 20 of 2011 Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List:
1. Angela Merkel, German chancellor
2. Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State
3. Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
4. Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive, PepsiCo.
5. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
6. Melinda Gates, Co-founder, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
7. Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress Party
8. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
9. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
10. Irene Rosenfeld, CEO, Kraft Foods
11. Lady GaGa, Entertainer
12. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, NY Times
13. Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
14. Oprah Winfrey, Media Personality
15. Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
16. Susan Wojcicki, SVP, Advertising, Google
17. Cristina Fernandez, Argentine President
18. Beyonce Knowles, Entertainer, Designer
19. Georgina Rinehart, Australia Mining Tycoon
20. Cher Wang, Co-founder, Chair, HTC; VIA Technologies
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