Most Powerful Women 2012

From CEOs and heads of state to entrepreneurs, celebrity role models, billionaire activists and philanthropists hold the top ranks in the recent Forbes' list of 'Most Powerful Women'. (Photo credit: AP/Reuters)
From CEOs and heads of state to entrepreneurs, celebrity role models, billionaire activists and philanthropists hold the top ranks in the recent Forbes' list of 'Most Powerful Women'. (Photo credit: AP/Reuters)
1. Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany and Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union.
1. Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany and Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union.
2. Hillary Clinton: United States Secretary of State.
2. Hillary Clinton: United States Secretary of State.
3. Dilma Rousseff: President of Brazil
3. Dilma Rousseff: President of Brazil
4. Melinda Gates: Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
4. Melinda Gates: Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
5. Jill Abramson: Executive editor of The New York Times.
5. Jill Abramson: Executive editor of The New York Times.
6. Sonia Gandhi: UPA Chairperson.
6. Sonia Gandhi: UPA Chairperson.
7. Michelle Obama: First African-American First Lady of the United States.
7. Michelle Obama: First African-American First Lady of the United States.
8. Christine Lagarde: Managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
8. Christine Lagarde: Managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
9. Janet Napolitano: US Homeland Security Secretary.
9. Janet Napolitano: US Homeland Security Secretary.
10. Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook's chief operating officer.
10. Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook's chief operating officer.
11. Oprah Winfrey: An American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
11. Oprah Winfrey: An American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
12. Indra Nooyi: Chief executive officer of PepsiCo.
12. Indra Nooyi: Chief executive officer of PepsiCo.

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