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German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women’s list for 2020

Al Edwards

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 2020’s most powerful woman, according to Forbes Magazine. (Photo: Harvard Gazette)

Prestigious business magazine Forbes has issued its “World’s Most Powerful Women’s” list for 2020.

The top five comprise:

1. Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel
2. Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
3. Kamala Harris, Vice-President-elect of the United States
4. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
5. Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Since 2006, Angela Merkel has consistently been in the top 10 selection.

Kamala Harris, whose father is Jamaican, makes her entry into the list for the first time. She is a former US Senator and Attorney-General of California.

US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. (Photo: The Arizona Republic)

Forbes also named are 38 CEOs and 10 heads of state in this year’s list—with most of the women this year, who include Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Pelosi, Rosalind Brewer, Sheryl Sandberg being over 50-years-old.

Only Rihanna, who hails from the Caribbean, made the cut among three musicians (including Beyoncé Knowles and Taylor Swift) for the most powerful women list this year, according to Forbes.

Rihanna comes in at number 69.


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