October 2010: World’s Most Powerful Women

When it comes to power, cultural impact, money, and political influence are constituents. The following most women are CEOs, cultural icons, and first ladies.


Oprah Winfrey, best known for her self-tiled, multi-award winning talk show, earned $ 1.35 billion over the last five years. Her 25th season of Oprah spawned countless bestsellers and helped millions of women feel that someone finally understands them. Her talk show has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century. She will be honored by the Kennedy Center in December for her 25 years in entertainment.


Oprah Winfrey began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19.


Lady Gaga was placed at number seven on Forbes’ annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2010. She has sold over 15 million albums and 51 million singles globally as of August 2010. In May 2010, she appeared in Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world. Her latest “The Fame Monster” has put her on par with Rhianna, Beyonce, and Mariah Carey for the most No.1 Billboard hits.


Lady’s first album “The Fame” peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, the Austria, and Ireland.


Irene Rosenfeld, the CEO of Kraft Foods Inc., was rated the second on the top 10 most powerful women. She holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics, a Master of Science in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornell University. This female CEO earned total compensation of more than $ 26 million last year, ranking number 2 among the nation’s highest-paid female, after Yahoo!’s Carol Bartz.


Rosenfeld was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods in June 2006.


Michelle Obama is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Prior returning to Chicago and to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, Michelle attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. The African-American first lady has more involved in policy than Laura Bush. She’s also effective: In response to her Let’s Move! Campaign against childhood obesity.


The first lady has become a fashion icon and role model for women.


Angela Merkel played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon. Three years ago, she became the second woman to chair G8, after Margaret Thatcher. This incumbent Chancellor of Germany is attempting to push through tax and education reforms prior to next spring’s regional elections.


reforms prior to next spring’s regional elections. Angela Merkel appeared in New Stateman’s list “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figure” 2010.


Indra Nooyi, the Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo Incorporated, earned total compensation of $ 10.6 million last year. She is a successor Fellow of the Yale Corporation. This year, she nudged a $ 20 million slice of Pepsi’s $ 616-million-a-year ad budget away from traditional to social media spends.


Indra Nooyi was regarded as one of the “The Top Gun CEOs” last year.


Hillary Clinton, a former first lady and U.S. senator, has put her skills on the line with great attempt to broker Middle East peace. She has continuously contributed to the plight of women around the world: the millions of mothers exposed to dangerous cookstoves and victims of rape in Congo and of flooding in Pakistan.


Hillary Clinton became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978.


Gail Kelly became the first CEO of a major Australian bank in 2002. She took up the position of CEO at Westpac, the largest bank in Australia by market capitalization, on 1 February 2008.


She was ranked the 11th most powerful woman in the world in August 2008 and 18th in 2009.



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Most Powerful US First Ladies

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