The most influential women in the world 2016, Forbes rating

Forbes magazine published the rating of the most influential women in the world in 2016. It included 100 women from 29 countries representing sectors such as politics, business, technology and philanthropy.

The average age of the participants in the rating is 57 years. The youngest on the list is Yahoo's executive director Marissa Mayer( 41), and the most elderly is British Queen Elizabeth II( 90 years old).

This is how the top 10 most influential ladies of the planet look.


  • 10. Ana Patricia Botin
  • 9. Margaret Whitman
  • 8. Susan Wojcicki
  • 7. Cheryl Sandberg
  • 6. Christine Lagarde
  • 5. Mary Barra
  • 4. Melinda Gates
  • 3. Janet Yellen
  • 2. Hillary Clinton
  • 1. Angela Merkel

10. Ana Patricia Botin

The most influential female banker in the world, the offspring of one of the European great banking dynasties. After the death of his father Emilio Botin in 2014, Ana became chairman of the board of directors of Spain's largest financial and credit group Santander.

9. Margaret Whitman

The first in the rating, but not the last influential woman associated with the world of IT-technologies. Holds the post of CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. And before that I managed to work as the general director of eBay. Under her leadership, the young company soon turned into a giant online auction. In the first year of "rule", Whitman eBay cost 86 million dollars, and ten years later - already 7.7 billion dollars.

8. Susan Wojcicki

You rarely meet an Internet user who does not know about YouTube. But many do not know what the woman is controlling this largest video platform. Susan Wojicki took over as YouTube's CEO in 2014.Since then, she is one of the women who form a mass culture throughout the world."Google is pretty big," she says, "but I'm looking at YouTube, and I feel like it's Google 10 years ago. And I see the potential for growth. "

7. Cheryl Sandberg

On Facebook, Sandberg has an extensive range of tasks: business operations, personnel, sales management, marketing, and communications. For her work, she receives a generous reward and already in 2014 was on the list of female billionaires.

6. Kristin Lagarde

On July 5, 2011, Christine Lagarde became the eleventh managing director of the IMF, as well as the first woman to take the job. On February 19, 2016, the IMF Executive Board elected her as Managing Director for a second five-year term. It will begin on July 5, 2016.

5. Mary Barra

Was promoted from Executive Director to General Motors President in January 2014.

This fragile-looking woman is not afraid to make harsh decisions, such as the closure of Australian, Russian and Indonesian GM offices or the departure of the Chevrolet brand from the car market in Europe due to low profitability indicators. In 2014, General Motors shook the scandals associated with the return of 30 million cars due to a defect in the ignition. Two years have passed and GM is flourishing.

4. Melinda Gates

Computer genius and tycoon Bill Gates once said that Melinda made him want to marry her. But this desire contradicted Gates's rationalistic views on marriage.

In 2015, the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Foundation together with her husband spent $ 4.2 billion on charitable activities. Some of this money went to the defense of the rights of women and girls in different states.

3. Janet Yellen

Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, Central Banking System of the United States.

Earlier, Ms. Yellen headed the Council of Economic Advisers of the White House under the administration of Bill Clinton.

2. Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton seems to be heading head to head with Donald Trump in the battle for the post of American president.

Mrs. Clinton was already in the White House as the first lady with her husband Billy Clinton and as Secretary of State under the administration of Barack Obama, and may soon be there as the first female president.

1. Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the top ten most influential women in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year - and the 11th time in total.

Discovering the borders of its country for more than a million immigrants from Syria and other Muslim countries over the past few years, Merkel decided to play an interesting geopolitical strategy called "sheer humanism".What will this turn out for Germany - time will tell.