Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has made it to the list of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes, for the second year in a row. US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, and HCL Enterprise CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra have also been named in the list which has been topped by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the 10th year in a row.

The list also includes Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates (5), US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (7), Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg (22), Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (39), UK’s Queen Elizabeth II (46), celebrated artistes Rihana (69) and Beyonce (72).

Nadar Malhotra has been ranked at 55th spot, Mazumdar-Shaw — described as “India’s richest self-made woman” — is ranked 68th and chairwoman of Landmark Group Renuka Jagtiani is ranked 98th.

 

Merkel ranks No. 1 for the tenth year in a row. “Merkel remains the de facto leader of Europe, leading the region’s largest economy after steering Germany through financial crisis and back to growth. Her leadership is marked by her steely reserve, from standing up to Donald Trump to allowing more than a million Syrian refugees into Germany,” Forbes said, adding: “the big question that the public is now asking is who and what will come after Merkel’s time in office comes to an end.”

Harris, who became the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American to be elected vice president — “an unprecedented trifecta of firsts for California Senator Harris”, is ranked third on the list.

Ms Harris, who became the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American to be elected vice president — “an unprecedented trifecta of firsts for California Senator Harris”, is ranked third on the list.

Kamala Harris’s “rapid ascension in US politics has also catapulted” her onto the Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for the first time. European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde is ranked second for the second straight year.

“From fighting the pandemic to re-engineering American politics, these influential women, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, are making history,” Forbes said.

Several of this year’s Power Women received “global plaudits” for their effective responses to Covid-19.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (No. 32) conquered a first and second wave of the virus in her country by implementing strict lockdown and quarantine procedures.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (No. 37) implemented a rigorous contact-tracing program in January, as a result, to date, the island of 23 million people has lost only seven lives to the virus, Forbes said.

New CEO of American multinational company United Parcel Service Carol Tomé (No. 11) and head of California-based Clorox Linda Rendle (No. 87) are responsible for helping provide essential services that have kept Americans connected and clean.

 

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