Forbes announced its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women of 2020 on Tuesday, featuring influential leaders from 30 countries in politics, entertainment, business and more. Women born across four generations are included in the ranking, with 10 heads of state, 38 CEOs and five entertainers among those making the cut.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed the No. 1 spot for the tenth year in a row, with European Central Bank headcoming in second for the second consecutive year.
U.S. first time — debuting in the No. 3 slot. Forbes said her “rapid ascension in U.S. politics” has “catapulted” her onto the list.made the list for the
Ursula von der Leyen, the first female president of the European Commission, and, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, round out the top five. Gates maintained her title as the most powerful woman in philanthropy, according to Forbes.
In addition to Harris, several other notable American female politicians also made the cut. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi voting rights activist earned the 100th spot on the list.on the list, down from last year when she ranked third. Former Georgia state house minority leader and
Forbes noted that while the women on the list may be very different, “they are united in the ways they have been using their platforms to address the unique challenges of 2020.” Notably, several of the leaders on the ranking were lauded for their effective responses to the.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern nabbed the 32nd spot on the ranking. She recently won her according to its ministry of health.after leading a largely successful effort against the . There are just 54 reported active cases of the disease in the country as of Tuesday morning,
praised from experts as “a great example of how to deal with the coronavirus.”Tsai Ing-wen clocked in at No. 37 on Forbes’ list. Taiwan won
The list welcomed 17 new faces this year. Forbes says they “illustrate that women are leading all aspects of a society transformed by a global pandemic.”
Among the business leaders on the list are UPS CEO Carol Tomé, Clorox CEO Linda Rendle, and CVS Health executive vice president and incoming CEO Karen Lynch.
Some of the world’s most beloved personalities and entertainers also made the cut, includingat No. 20, at No. 72 and clocking in at No. 82. , the longest-reigning British monarch, also made the cut at No. 46.