World's Most Powerful Woman Is... Angela Merkel, followed by Hillary Clinton By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Aug 24, 2011 5:57 PM CDT 20 comments Comments German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a joint press conference with Serbian President Boris Tadic after their meeting on August 23, 2011, in Belgrade. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Want to get onto Forbes’ annual 100 Most Powerful Women list? Better get yourself into one of these six categories, which is where all of this year’s candidates came from: billionaires, business, lifestyle, media, nonprofits, and politics. Candidates were ranked by money, traditional and social media influence, and their “reach” or power base. The top 10: Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State, United States Dilma Rousseff: President of Brazil Indra Nooyi: Chief Executive of PepsiCo Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook Melinda Gates: Co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Sonia Gandhi: President of the Indian National Congress Party Michelle Obama: First lady, United States Christine Lagarde: Managing director of the International Monetary Fund Irene Rosenfeld: CEO of Kraft Foods Click for the complete list if you want to find out who ranked higher—Beyoncé or Sarah Palin?