World's 100 Most Powerful Women
Angela Merkel is No. 1, with Hillary Clinton in the second spot
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
No. 1: German Chancellor Angela Merkel.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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(Newser) Forbes is out with its annual list of the world's 100 most powerful women, with the top 10 a mix of mostly familiar names from the worlds of politics, humanitarianism, and tech:

  1. Angela Merkel: The German chancellor is trying to reshape the European Union.

  1. Hillary Clinton: The secretary of state might be the most high-profile in US history.
  2. Dilma Rousseff: As president of Brazil, she presides over the world's eighth biggest economy, and one that's on the rise, to boot.
  3. Melinda Gates: She's co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and she vows to improve contraception options for women in the world's poorest countries.
  4. Jill Abramson: She became the first female executive editor at the New York Times.
Rounding out the top 10 are India's Sonia Gandhi, Michelle Obama, the IMF's Christine Legarde, Janet Napolitano, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Click for the full list.