Since 2004, Forbes has compiled a list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained at the top spot since 2006, except 2010 when U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama ranked the top spot.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes 2020 list again, followed by European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde and US Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, who has made her debut on the list at No.3
India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, HCL Corporation CEO and Executive Director Roshni Nadar Malhotra, and Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw have been named among the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes for the year 2020. Nirmala is ranked 41th, Roshni at 55th and Kiran at 68th place.
The list also includes Melinda Gates at 5th place, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at 22nd place, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 39th place, Queen Elizabeth II at 46th place and Beyonce at 72nd place.