World's Most Powerful Women

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2009 9:54 PM CDT
Angela Merkel (No. 1)   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – German leader Angela Merkel keeps her spot as the world's most powerful woman for the fourth straight year on the annual Forbes list. Other notables in the top 100: Michelle Obama debuts at 40, just ahead of Oprah (41) and Queen Elizabeth (42). Hillary Clinton is 36, down from 28 and just a notch behind Nancy Pelosi at 35. FDIC chief Sheila Bair is No. 2, while Sonia Sotomayor debuts at 54 and Kathleen Sebelius at 56.

The rest of the top 10 are chief executives:

  1. Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo
  2. Cynthia Carroll, Anglo American (UK)
  3. Ho Ching, Temasek (Singapore)
  4. Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods
  5. Ellen Kullman, DuPont
  6. Angela Braly, WellPoint
  7. Anne Lauvergeon, Areva (France)
  8. Lynn Elsenhans, Sunoco