The 100 Most Powerful Women
08.27.08, 6:00 PM ET
Rank Name Occupation Country
1 Angela Merkel Chancellor Germany
2 Sheila C. Bair Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. U.S.
3 Indra K. Nooyi Chairman, chief executive, PepsiCo U.S.
4 Angela Braly Chief executive, president, WellPoint U.S.
5 Cynthia Carroll Chief executive, Anglo American U.K.
6 Irene B. Rosenfeld Chairman, chief executive, Kraft Foods U.S.
7 Condoleezza Rice Secretary of state U.S.
8 Ho Ching Chief executive, Temasek Holdings Singapore
9 Anne Lauvergeon Chief executive, Areva France
10 Anne Mulcahy Chairman, chief executive, Xerox Corp. U.S.
11 Gail Kelly Chief executive and managing director, Westpac Bank Australia
12 Patricia A. Woertz Chairman, chief executive, president, Archer Daniels Midland U.S.
13 Cristina Fernandez President Argentina
14 Christine Lagarde Minister of economy, finance and employment France
15 Safra A. Catz President and chief financial officer, Oracle U.S.
16 Carol B. Tome Executive vice president and chief financial officer, Home Depot U.S.
17 Yulia Tymoshenko Prime minister Ukraine
18 Mary Sammons Chairman, chief executive, president, Rite Aid U.S.
19 Andrea Jung Chairman, chief executive, Avon U.S.
20 Marjorie Scardino Chief executive, Pearson PLC U.K.
21 Sonia Gandhi President, Indian National Congress Party India
22 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Chief Executive and President, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation U.S.
23 Sri Mulyani Indrawati Coordinating minister for economic affairs and finance minister Indonesia
24 Dr. Julie Gerberding Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U.S.
25 Michelle Bachelet President Chile
26 Ellen Alemany Chief executive, Royal Bank of Scotland Americas U.S.
27 Carol Meyrowitz Chief executive, president, The TJX Cos. U.S.
28 Hillary Rodham Clinton U.S. senator, New York U.S.
29 Hynd Bouhia Director General, Casablanca Stock Exchange Morocco
30 Anne Sweeney President, Disney-ABC Television Group U.S.
31 Valentina Matviyenko Governor, St. Petersburg region Russia
32 Nancy Tellem President, CBS Paramount Television Entertainment Group U.S.
33 Ann Livermore Executive vice president, Hewlett-Packard U.S.
34 Marina Berlusconi Chairman, Finivest Group and Mondadori Group Italy
35 Nancy Pelosi Speaker, House of Representatives U.S.
36 Oprah Winfrey Chairman, Harpo U.S.
37 Gulzhan Moldazhanova Chief Executive, Basic Element Russia
38 Aung San Suu Kyi Deposed prime minister; Nobel peace laureate Myanmar
39 Lynn Laverty Elsenhans Chief executive and president, Sunoco U.S.
40 Melinda Gates Co-founder, co-chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S.
41 Gloria Arroyo President Philippines
42 Jane Mendillo President and chief executive, Harvard Management Co. U.S.
43 Linda Z. Cook Executive director, gas and power, Royal Dutch Shell Netherlands
44 Laura Bush First lady U.S.
45 Brenda Barnes Chief executive, Sara Lee U.S.
46 Christine Poon Vice chairman, Johnson & Johnson U.S.
47 Neelie Kroes Competition commissioner, European Union Netherlands
48 Amy Woods Brinkley Global risk executive, Bank of America U.S.
49 Susan E. Arnold President, global business units, Procter & Gamble U.S.
50 Susan Decker President, Yahoo! U.S.
51 Ana Patricia Botin Chairman, Banesto Spain
52 Tzipora Livni Vice prime minister and minister of foreign affairs Israel
53 Dominique Senequier Chief executive officer, AXA Private Equity France
54 Amy Pascal Co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment U.S.
55 Ursula Burns President, Xerox U.S.
56 Helen Clark Prime minister New Zealand
57 Laura Desmond Chief executive officer, Starcom MediaVest Group Worldwide U.S.
58 Queen Elizabeth II Queen U.K.
59 Mayawati Kumari Chief minister, Uttar Pradesh India
60 Judy McGrath Chairman and chief executive officer, MTV Networks U.S.
61 Meredith Vieira Co-anchor, Today show, NBC News U.S.
62 Katie Couric Anchor, CBS Evening News, CBS News U.S.
63 Barbara Walters Correspondent, ABC News U.S.
64 Sallie Krawcheck Chairman and chief executive, Global Wealth Management, Citigroup U.S.
65 Diane Sawyer Anchor, Good Morning America, ABC News U.S.
66 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf President Liberia
67 Janice Fields Chief operating officer and executive vice president, McDonald's U.S.
68 Zhang Xin Chief executive officer, co-founder, Soho China
69 Zaha Hadid Founder, Zaha Hadid Architects U.K.
70 Yang Mian Mian President, Haier China
71 Tarja Halonen President Finland
72 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice, Supreme Court U.S.
73 Hyun Jeong-Eun Chairman, Hyundai Group South Korea
74 Mary McAleese President Ireland
75 Guler Sabanci Chairman, Sabanci Holding Turkey
76 Drew Gilpin Faust President, Harvard University U.S.
77 Lisa M. Weber President, Individual Business, MetLife U.S.
78 Dora Bakoyannis Foreign minister Greece
79 Beth Brooke Global vice chairman, Ernst & Young U.S.
80 Lee Myung-Hee Chairman, Shinsegae Group South Korea
81 Susan M. Ivey Chief executive, Reynolds American U.S.
82 Nancy McKinstry CEO, Wolters Kluwer Netherlands
83 Janet L. Robinson President and chief executive, The New York Times Co. U.S.
84 Margaret Chan Director-general, World Health Organization Switzerland
85 Clara Furse Chief executive, London Stock Exchange U.K.
86 Ellen J. Kullman Executive vice president, DuPont U.S.
87 Susan Desmond-Hellmann President, product development, Genentech U.S.
88 Eva Cheng Chief executive, Greater China and Southeast Asia, Amway China
89 Maha Al-Ghunaim Chairman, managing director, Global Investment House Kuwait
90 Christina Gold Chief executive, Western Union U.S.
91 Christiane Amanpour Chief international correspondent, CNN U.S.
92 Pamela Nicholson President, Enterprise Rent-a-Car U.S.
93 Ann Moore Chairman, chief executive, Time Inc. U.S.
94 Sharon Allen Chair, Deloitte U.S.
95 Jing Ulrich Chairman and managing director, JPMorgan Chase China Equities China
96 Queen Rania Al-Abdullah Queen Jordan
97 Virginia Rometty Senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services U.S.
98 Georgina Rinehart Owner, chairman, Hancock Prospecting Australia
99 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chairman and managing director, Biocon India
100 Paula Rosput Reynolds Chief Executive, Safeco U.S.