Most Powerful Women in the World 2012

The following table lists the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. The women range from presidents to divas, CEOs to a mining tycoon.

Rank Name Title Category
1. Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany politics
2. Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State politics
3. Dilma Rousseff President of Brazil politics
4. Melinda Gates Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation humanitarian
5. Jill Abramson Executive Editor, New York Times Co. media
6. Sonia Gandhi President of Indian National Congress, India politics
7. Michelle Obama First Lady, United States politics
8. Christine Lagarde Managing Director, International Monetary Fund humanitarian
9. Janet Napolitano Secretary, Department of Homeland Security politics
10. Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook technology
11. Oprah Winfrey Entrepreneur, Personality celebrity
12. Indra Nooyi Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo business
13. Irene Rosenfeld Chairman and CEO, Kraft Foods business
14. Lady Gaga Musician, Philanthropist celebrity
15. Virginia Rometty President and CEO, IBM technology
16. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner President, Argentina politics
17. Ursula Burns Chairman and CEO, Xerox technology
18. Meg Whitman CEO, Hewlett-Packard technology
19. Aung San Suu Kyi Chair and Parliamentarian, National League for Democracy, Burma politics
20. Maria das Graças Silva Foster CEO, Petrobras-Petróleo Brazil business

Most Powerful Women in the World 2012

highlights

Bug Off! 6 Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Which bug bites are dangerous? Learn about 6 diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes, the signs and symptoms, and treatment options if someone in your family gets infected.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Top 10 Backyard Party Games for All Ages
Looking for some fun outdoor games for your Fourth of July party or barbecue? Check out these awesome group games, from sack races to cornhole, to make your backyard a kid-friendly party spot!

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks