The five most powerful women in the world

most powerful women in the world

The five most powerful women in the world

What do Kamala Harris and Melinda Gates have in common? The power. Their names, along with other winners, are part of the list of women with the most capital and influence of the moment according to the American magazine Forbes.

“The democratic countries where human rights are most respected and where there are women who can reach positions of power in society, are also the countries that are best equipped to face the coronavirus crisis.”

This is stated in an article by Maggie McGrath for Forbes magazine and its annual ranking of the “Most Powerful Women in the World.” A podium that shows that women are capable of handling leadership and power.


The current German Chancellor, Angela Merkel (66 years old), leads this podium according to Forbes, for the fourteenth time. She was born in Hamburg on July 17, 1954. Angela Merkel is the daughter of Horst Kasner (a Lutheran pastor) and Herlind Jentzsch. And has two younger brothers, Marcus and Irene.

She has no children and was first married to the physicist Ulrich Merkel from 1977 to 1982. And from 1998 to the chemistry professor Joachim Sauer. Her current husband, although she still retains the surname of her first husband.

His political vocation was very early, and has a long history: he was a member of the German Free Youth, he joined the Demokratischer Aufbruch party after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and he presided over the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) from 2000 until 2018.

She has been in office as Chancellor since 2005 with different coalitions between her party and other related parties, since she has won the elections of 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017. In addition, she is one of the political leaders with the greatest weight in the European Union.


The second on the list is Christine Lagarde (65 years old), current president of the European Central Bank, a position she has held since November 2019, being the first woman to do so. Born in Paris (France) on January 1, 1956, she is the daughter of a teacher and a teacher.

She has two children, Pierre and Thomas, who are divorced and since 2006 has been in a relationship with businessman Xavier Giovanni. She is a vegetarian, does not drink alcohol, and was part of the national synchronized swimming team in her youth.

In her native country, she has held various positions: Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Minister of Commerce, and Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industry. She was also the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Economic Affairs in the G8 group and was director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2011 to 2019.


The third-place goes to the current Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris (56 years old), of the Democratic Party. Born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland (California), she has Tamil Indian descent on her mother’s side and Jamaican on her father’s side. She has been married to Douglas Emhoff since 2014.

Also of early political vocation, between 1990 and 1998 she was deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California; Chief of the San Francisco Neighborhood and Communities Division since 2000, San Francisco District Attorney from 2004 to 2011 and California Attorney General from 2011 to 2017.

She has been a United States senator for California since 2017 and has just been elected as vice president of the nation after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the recent presidential elections, being the first woman to hold this position, the first person. black to do it, and also the first person of Asian descent to do it.


Ursula Von der Leyen (62 years old), German politician and current president of the European Commission, ranks fourth. Daughter of Heidi Adele Albrecht and Ernst Albrecht, she is a descendant of the prestigious 19th-century businessman, Baron Ludwig Knoop, and was born in Brussels, Belgium, on October 8, 1958. She is married to Heiko von der Leyen, of noble descent, and He has 7 children.

In 1990 he joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the German political party of which Angela Merkel is also a member. She was elected to the Lower Saxony Parliament in 2003 and from that year until 2005 she was part of the Lower Saxony government, serving as Minister of the Family.

She has also accompanied Angela Merkel as a minister in the Government. First taking care of the Family and Security portfolios after the 2005 elections. A position for which she was re-elected in 2009. In 2013 she changed that portfolio to that of the Ministry of Defense. Since 2019 he has presided over the European Commission.


In the fifth position is Melinda Gates (56 years old), former CEO of Microsoft, former wife of Bill Gates, and co-founder with him of the world’s largest private charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Melinda was born on August 15, 1964, in Dallas, Texas. She is the second of four children born to Elaine Agnes Amerland and Joseph French Jr. She has been with Bill Gates since 1987, married to him since 1994, and they have three children together.

This American philanthropist, the author of the book “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” (2019), is another of the oldest in the magazine’s Most Powerful Women in the World ranking since she has been among the most powerful women in the world for years. most prominent names.

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