World's Most Powerful Woman Is...

Angela Merkel, followed by Hillary Clinton
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2011 5:57 PM CDT
Forbes Lists World's 100 Most Powerful Women
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a joint press conference with Serbian President Boris Tadic after their meeting on August 23, 2011, in Belgrade.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Want to get onto Forbes’ annual 100 Most Powerful Women list? Better get yourself into one of these six categories, which is where all of this year’s candidates came from: billionaires, business, lifestyle, media, nonprofits, and politics. Candidates were ranked by money, traditional and social media influence, and their “reach” or power base. The top 10:

  1. Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany
  2. Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State, United States

  1. Dilma Rousseff: President of Brazil
  2. Indra Nooyi: Chief Executive of PepsiCo
  3. Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook
  4. Melinda Gates: Co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  5. Sonia Gandhi: President of the Indian National Congress Party
  6. Michelle Obama: First lady, United States
  7. Christine Lagarde: Managing director of the International Monetary Fund
  8. Irene Rosenfeld: CEO of Kraft Foods
Click for the complete list if you want to find out who ranked higher—Beyoncé or Sarah Palin? (Read more Angela Merkel stories.)

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