Forbes Names 100 Most Powerful Women

This week, Forbes released its annual power rankings - women who have the largest scope and scale of influence on our world today. And guess what - A staggering 88% of the world's most powerful females happen to be mothers!


"It's a percentage that surprised even us," says Moira Forbes, the president and publisher of ForbesWoman. "Power women today are not necessarily choosing career or family. They are doing both."


German Chancellor Angela Merkel headed up the list, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also placing in the top five. First Lady Michelle Obama fell from first place to number eight this year.


Wondering how the list is compiled? Forbes writer Caroline Howard explained that the magazine’s staff came up with the list based on six categories: Billionaires, business, entertainment/fashion, media, nonprofits and politics.


“To determine the rank within each category, as well as the overall rank on the list of 100, we applied three metrics: dollars, a traditional and social media component and power base points,” Howard wrote.