Which amazing women have been singled out as the biggest movers, shakers and trail blazers of 2015? Find out here.
The most powerful women of 2015 have been announced and their combined achievements will make you dizzy.
The listed women are from all walks of life including; extraordinary entrepreneurs, visionary CEOs, celebrity role models, billionaire activists, heads of state and philanthropists.
They were all ranked by Forbes magazine based on their earnings, their media presence, their community involvement and impact.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has definitely earned the top spot. Not only is she the longest serving elected EU Head of State in Europe, she also fought off a national recession during the global economic crisis with stimulus packages and government subsidies for companies that cut hours for workers.
Merkel used her power against ISIS, breaking the post-Nazi-era taboo of direct involvement in military actions by sending arms to Kurdish fighters. And, in the Russia-Ukraine crisis, she had been engaging in shuttle diplomacy trying to broker a peace deal with Vladimir Putin.
Second on the list is front runner in the 2016 presidential race, Hilary Clinton. Clinton has been listed in every Forbes most powerful women list since it was launched in 2004 and it’s no secret why. She is the first lady to become a U.S. senator and presidential candidate and in 2014 she raised $9 million in her Ready for Hilary super PAC campaign. She’s very popular with the people too, with a recent poll showing that 7 out of 10 democratic voters favoured her.
Also in the top five this year are philanthropist and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Melinda Gates, Head of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen and CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra.
Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Gina Rinehart and Queen Elizabeth II all made the top 50. And of course a high number of celebrities were also named on the list, Beyonce´ Knowles came in at 21, Ellen DeGeneres at 50, Angela Jolie at 54, Sofia Vergara at 57 and Taylor Swift at 64.
To read the full list visit http://www.forbes.com/power-women/
What do you think of the Forbes Magazine most powerful women of 2015 list? Do you think anyone missed out?