Top 10 Most Powerful Women in the World

Today, women all over are doing their part in making this world a better place to live. The time when women were limited to the boundaries of their homes is long gone,  and women are now among some of the finest leaders of the world. Women soldiers, doctors, police and social workers are achieving success at every corner. In this article we will be looking at the top ten most powerful women across the world right now.


  • 1

    Michelle Obama

    She is the wife of the 44th US President, Barack Obama, the first African-American head of state. The 49-year old first lady is a lawyer and a writer. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before coming back to Chicago to begin her career in a law firm. She was in this firm when she met Obama.

    She was also a staff member of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and has also worked for University of Chicago Medical Centre.

    She played an important role during her husband’s campaign for the 2007-08 presidential bid. She is now a fashion icon for millions of women all over the world.

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  • 2

    Angela Merkel

    She is Germany’s incumbent Chancellor since 2005 and heads the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She is the first woman in Germany to hold these positions.

    Merkel entered politics in 1989, and served as the deputy spokesperson for the East German Government. She has been tagged by many as the de facto leader of the European Union.

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  • 3

    Queen Rania

    She is the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan. Born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait, she received her early education over there and then moved to Egypt for a degree in Business Administration, which she received from the American University in Cairo. Her initial employers included Citibank and Apple Inc. in Amman.

    She supports numerous development programmes, and among them her work for raising the quality of education for Jordanian children is worth noting.

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  • 4

    Elizabeth II

    Born on 21st April, 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is the Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. She ascended to the throne in 1952 and is the mother of Prince Charles.

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  • 5

    Melinda Gates

    She is a businesswoman, a philanthropist and the wife of Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates.  The 48-year old was born in Dallas, Texas, USA, and met Gates when she was working in Microsoft. She is a Roman Catholic and has three children.

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  • 6

    Hina Rabbani Khar

    Khar is the former Foreign Minister of Pakistan. She began her political career under the government of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in 2002, where she served in the Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry. She is also Pakistan’s first ever female Foreign Minister, after succeeding Shah Mehmood Qureshi in 2011. During her time in office, she stabilised relations with Pakistan’s neighbouring country, India.

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  • 7

    Angelina Jolie

    She is an established American actress, director and social worker. The 37-year old was born in Los Angeles, California, U.S, and is the daughter of actor Jon Voight. She was married to Jonny Lee Miller (m. 1996–1999) and Billy Bob Thornton (m. 2000–2003) and has been dating Brad Pitt since 2005.

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  • 8

    Sonia Gandhi

    The Italian-born is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, and has been serving as the President of the Indian National Congress party since 1998.

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    Hillary Clinton

    She is the wife of former US Preside Bill Clinton, and served as United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 under Barack Obama’s first term in office.

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  • 10

    Oprah Winfrey

    A talk show host, producer, and philanthropist, she is best known for her talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show". She is ranked as the richest African-American and the most influential woman in the world.

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