Four Names from India in Forbes’ list of Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World

Forbes has released its list of World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for the year 2016. This time the list includes 4 names from India, which includes –






Arundhati Bhattacharya

Chairperson, State Bank of India (SBI)



Chanda Kochhar

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank



Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon Limited; Current Chairperson, IIM Bangalore



Shobhana Bhartia

Chairperson and Editorial Director, Hindustan Times Group



Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany

Forbes has been releasing the list of World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women since the year 2004. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany (since 2005), has once again topped the list, making it her continuous 6th time to have ranked number 1. She has secured the top position in this list a total of 11 times in the last 12 years. She is a German politician and a former research scientist. She is the Chancellor of Germany since the year 2005 and is the leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000.

Some Interesting Stats

Forbes includes powerful women from different sectors in this list including Politics, Business, Finance, Technology, Social Service, etc. in its list of the World’s Top 100 Powerful Women every year. This time the list includes 50 women from America, i.e. 50% of the total. Women from America who have made it to this list include Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates, Facebook’s CEO Sheryl Sandberg and YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki. The rest 50% women belong to 30 different countries 9 are from China.

Most of the women selected in this list belong to:


Number of Women





Social Service


Media and Entertainment







While the youngest in the list is the 41-year-old Marissa Mayer, who is the CEO of Yahoo! and ranks 55th, the oldest one in the list, is the 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, who ranks 29th in the list. The average age of women in the list is 57 years.

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