Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women 2012
Another year, another list, but the names still pretty much the same... Angela Merker remains as the most powerful woman in the world according to Forbes. Followed by other politician and business women as Hilary Clinton (#2), Dilma Roussef (#3), Michelle Obama (#7), Christine Lagarde (#8) and Sheryl Sandberg (#10) to fill once again the coveted top ten. Politics remain as the most powerful force in the world, but the media buzz and money that a celebrity brings to the table can surely make you just as powerful as famous, just like Mrs. Oprah Winfrey (#11) proves by switching places from The Forbes 2011 List with the younger woman on the list, Lady Gaga (#14). - The queen monster was the 11th most powerful woman while Winfrey was the 14th.
Having a life-changing year, the incredibly hot Sofia Vergara makes her Woman-Power debut landing the impressive 75th spot on the list while Shakira remains as the most powerful Colombian woman landing the 40th spot right after the most powerful Latin-American woman, Jennifer Lopez (#38).
A lot of changes where seen in the fashion department as the most powerful woman in this industry is Diane Von Furstemberg, who impressively climbed from the 91st spot right to the 33rd, way above last year’s most powerful woman in fashion Gisele Bündchen, who may be the most powerful model year after year, but felt from the 60th place to the 83rd in this list. My favorite woman in the world Anna Wintour (#51) still is very powerful same as the great Miuccia Prada (#67). Proving that fashion is a powerful industry that does not only moves billions of dollars but media attention and has massive impact and influence on everybody... Wintour, DVF and Prada have all climbed some significant positions from last year’s list.
Rankings like this rely on a equation of hard facts, statistics and perceived influence. Forbes calculated its list by looking at money (a company’s market value and revenue), media presence (news hits on Factiva and radio appearances), and impact, or “the extent of their reach across industries and countries”. An interesting fact is that for evident reasons, former “Today Show” host Ann Curry falls off the list.
See the complete list of the World’s Most Powerful Women 2012 here