The Most Powerful Women 2020

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named the world’s most powerful woman for the ninth year running in a wide-ranging list intended to celebrate the 100 most influential females of this year.

Forbes’ 2020 edition of its World’s Most Powerful Women, released Thursday, marked a return for the German leader, who has made 14 appearances in the list’s 16-year history. Merkel was joined in the top spots by fellow prominent female political leaders.

This year’s top 100 females list featured women from six categories — business (31), technology (17), finance (12), media & entertainment (14), politics & policy (22) and philanthropy (4). Together, they control or influence more than $2.3 trillion in revenue and oversee nearly 6.5 million employees.

To determine the women’s rank within each category and overall, Forbes applied four metrics: money, media, impact and spheres of influence. The publisher defined power as hard power (currencies and constitutions), dynamic power (audiences, communities and creative influence) and soft power (what leaders do with their influence).

Here Are The Most Powerful Women 2020

 

10.Gail Boudreaux

Gail Boudreaux
Gail Boudreaux

Gail Koziara Boudreaux is an American businesswoman and athlete. Boudreaux was named CEO of Anthem in 2017. She was previously CEO of UnitedHealthcare, the largest division within UnitedHealth Group.

  • Country: United States
  • Profession: Business

 

9.Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson

Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is an American billionaire businesswoman. Since 2014, Abigail Johnson had served as CEO of Fidelity Investments in 2014, when she took over for her father and has been chairman since 2016.

  • Country: United States
  • Profession: Finance

 

8.Ana Patricia Botín

Ana Botin, Chairman of Banco Santander,
Ana Botin

Ana Patricia Botín-Sanz de Sautuola O’Shea, DBE is a Spanish banker Botín became the company’s chair in 2014, after her father’s sudden death Emilio. She pulled off a coup in 2017 when Banco Santander acquired failing Banco Popular (BP) for 1 euro to become Spain’s largest bank.

  • Country: Spain
  • Profession: Finance

 

7.Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. The role makes her the highest-ranking elected woman in the country and the second-in-line for the presidency

  • Country: United States
  • Profession: Politics & Policy

 

6.Mary Barra

Mary Barra
Mary Barra

Mary Teresa Barra is an American businesswoman who has been the chairman and CEO of General Motors Company. Barra has invested billions in electric vehicles, self-driving cars and a ride-share service called Maven.

  • Country: United States
  • Profession: Business

 

5.Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates

Melinda Ann Gates is an American philanthropist and a former general manager at Microsoft. Gates maintains her position as the most powerful woman in philanthropy as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Country: United States
  • Profession: Philanthropy

 

4.Ursula von der Leyen

ursula von der leyen
ursula von der leyen

Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician who has been the European Commission president since 1 December 2019. She is the first woman to serve in the role responsible for legislation affecting more than 700 million Europeans.

  • Country: Politics & Policy
  • Profession: Germany

 

3.Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is an American politician and vice president-elect of the United States. She’s no stranger to firsts: In 2016, Harris was the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate.

  • Country: United States
  • Profession: Politics & Policy

 

2.Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde is a French politician, businessperson and lawyer serving as President of the European Central Bank. As head of European monetary policy, Lagarde faces a critical test: ensuring the coronavirus pandemic does not wreak further havoc on the Eurozone.

  • Country: Politics & Policy
  • Profession: France

 

1.Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel

Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician who has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. Merkel remains the de facto leader of Europe, leading the region’s largest economy after steering Germany through a financial crisis and back to growth.

  • Country: Germany
  • Profession: Politics & Policy

 

Source| Forbes