11:15 Jun. 7, 2016
German Chancellor has held top spot of Forbes list for 6th consecutive time
The annual list, released on Monday, features 100 women from 29 different countries.
Among them are influential females from across the fields of politics, business, technology and philanthropy, including 12 world leaders, 32 CEOs, and 11 billionaires - nine of whom founded their own billion-dollar companies.
The list, which was first released in 2004, is compiled by American business magazine Forbes and ranks the women by "money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact."
The youngest woman to feature this year was 41-year-old Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, in fifty-fifth position, while the oldest was British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II who ranked at twenty-ninth. The average age was 57.
Topping the list for the sixth consecutive time was Angela Merkel. In total, Forbes has named the German chancellor the most powerful woman 11 times.
Following the German chancellor in second position on the Forbes list was US Democrat and presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton. In third postion was US Chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.
According to Forbes, the women featured on the list control trillion (881 billion euros) in revenue and influence more than 3.6 billion people around the globe.
The 2016 list was a record year for China, which was represented by nine women, including Director General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan in thirty-eighth postion and senior executive of e-commerce giant Alibaba, Lucy Peng at number 35. The US had the most entries with 51 women making the list.
Dropping off this year's list was former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The 68-year-old, who last year ranked at number seven, was impeached last month over allegations of violating fiscal rules in handling the federal budget. She is charged with having illegally tapped state banks and taken loans to cover up budget deficits. The former president has denied all charges. Full story