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Angela Merkel Tops Forbes List As Most Powerful Woman in the World

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel retained the top spot on Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world for 2017.

Angela Merkel was elected for her fourth term as chancellor with diminished authority.

This is Angela Merkel’s seventh consecutive year at the top of the list and 12th time in total.

The coveted Forbes list is composed of women from sectors such as politics, business, technology, media and philanthropy.

Representing India in the prestigious list, Priyanka Chopra made her way to the “Most Powerful Women” league, claiming the 97th spot.

The British prime minister, Theresa May, took the second place followed by the philanthropist Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, was placed fourth followed by Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors.

Among the newcomers on the list is Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of Donald Trump, ranked at 19, while US Ambassador Nikki Haley comes in at 43.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who in 2016 took the no. 2 spot, fell dramatically to 65.

About half of the women who made the Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list are American.

Among those outside the U.S. is newly minted New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, ranked at 38.

37 years old Ardern is the youngest woman to have made the list.

Coming in at no. 78 is Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid, while Queen Elizabeth II, who just recently celebrated 65 years on the throne, holds her rank at 26.

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