The 5 Most Powerful Women on Earth


Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor when she was elected back in 2005 and has been at the top of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list for the last seven years.

Originally trained as a physicist, she took to politics after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

She is an iconic figure for the European Union.

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Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff is president of the world’s seventh largest national economy, Brazil.

In her younger years, Rousseff was part of a socialist group, and was captured and jailed from 1970-1972. This dramatic experience didn’t keep her from rising to Brazil's top leader.

She is the first woman to hold office and is known for her strong belief in entrepreneurship.

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Melinda Gates

As Bill Gates' better half, Melinda Gates is co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which partners with organizations to tackle critical problems like helping the world's poorest people lift themselves from hunger and poverty. Melinda has been working with the foundation to eliminate polio around the world by 2018.

Melinda, a Duke University alum, received an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge, followed by an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Duke for her philanthropy.

She met Bill while working at Microsoft as a project manager, and the couple have three kids.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is the country's first lady and the first African-American woman to hold this prestigious title.

After growing up in Chicago, Mrs. Obama attended Princeton University followed by Harvard Law School. It wasn't until she moved back to the Chicago area to work as a corporate attorney that she met her husband.

Now, the first lady is notoriously known for working with organizations that help fight childhood obesity and promote healthier lifestyles.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is the only first lady who went from being a U.S. senator to presidential candidate. She is now the country's secretary of state.

As a graduate of Wellesley College, she was the first student in the school's history to deliver its commencement speech. That was only the beginning of her speaking career. Now she tours all over the country and for a hefty price of $200,000 per speaking engagement.

Hillary is said to run in the 2016 presidential election and 65 percent of Democrats say they’ll vote for her.

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  • highinterest

    #s 4 and 5 got where they are on their own merits and initiative. That’s more than you can say for Michelle and Melinda, who would be totally unknown without their husbands, or Hillary, who would be just another “high-powered” Washington lawyer had she not married that slick-talking weasel, what’s-his-name, used to be somebody important.

    “Independent modern women”, indeed.