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Merkel still world's most powerful woman
May 27, 2015, 2:52 pm
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has retained her place as the world’s most powerful woman for the fifth year in a row, U.S. business magazine Forbes said Tuesday.

"There's only one woman who has a chance of endangering her tenure as No. 1 in 2016 -- the world's No. 2 most powerful woman", the magazine's editors said, referring to former U.S. secretary of state and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Merkel has made the list 10 times in the past 12 years — nine of them as number one.

She was first elected in 2005 and won an historic third term in 2013.

Clinton has appeared on the list every year since it launched in 2004 as a senator, secretary of state and influential personality, respectively.

The 2015 list features 19 newcomers including EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in 36th place and singer Taylor Swift, who placed 64.

The 25-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer became the youngest ever to make the list.

The highest-ranking among celebrities is Beyonce, ranked 21, followed by Angelina Jolie in 54th place.

The audit also features eight heads of state, plus one monarch, including Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina.

Turkish businesswoman Guler Sabanci is ranked 70.

The annual list is determined "by money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact", according to the magazine.

The following is the Forbes' list of 10 most powerful women:

Rank

Name

Age

Country

Category

1

Angela Merkel

60

Germany

Politics

2

Hillary Clinton

67

U.S.

Politics

3

Melinda Gates

50

U.S.

Philanthropy

4

Janet Yellen

68

U.S.

Finance

5

Mary Barra

53

U.S.

Automotive

6

Christine Lagarde

59

France

Philanthropy

7

Dilma Rousseff

67

Brazil

Politics

8

Sheryl Sandberg

45

U.S.

Technology

9

Susan Wojcicki

46

U.S.

Technology

10

Michelle Obama

51

U.S.

Politics

 

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