Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women 2012 full list: India's Sonia Gandhi is sixth

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Sonia Gandhi - Indian National Congress Party leader - is sixth most powerful woman
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Four Indian women -- Sonia Gandhi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chanda Kochhar and Padmasree Warrior --and one Indian-origin American, Indra Nooyi, are in the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2012 list. From the UK, monarch Queen Elizabeth II and author JK Rowling feature in the list.

65-year-old Sonia Gandhi, leader of Indian National Congress party, was named the sixth most powerful women in the list ahead of other prominent names such as Michelle Obama (First Lady, US), Christine Lagarde (IMF managing director) and Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO).

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor topped the list followed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at second position and Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff at third spot. Merkel has become the world's most powerful woman for the second time in a row.

American citizen, Nooyi, born in Tamil Nadu, south India was ranked 12th in the list. Nooyi is the chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo.

India’s Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco Systems occupied 58th position and Chanda Kochhar, managing director chief executive of ICICI was at number 59. Mazumdar-Shaw, founder and chairman of Biocon Ltd was at 80th position.

Britain’s Queen was at 26th position and author Rowling was named 78th most powerful woman.

The list includes influential women from around the globe in sectors such as business, politics, philanthropy and celebrities.  

Here is the full list of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women 2012:





1 Angela Merkel Germany Chancellor - Politics
2 Hillary Clinton  US Secretary of State - Politics
3 Dilma Rousseff Brazil President - Politics
4 Melinda Gates US Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Humanitarian
5 Jill Abramson US Executive editor of New York Times - Media


Sonia Gandhi


President of Indian National Congress - Politics

7 Michelle Obama US First Lady of United States - Politics
8 Christine Lagarde France Managing director of IMF - Humanitarian
9 Janet Napolitano US Secretary of Department of Homeland Security - Politics
10 Sheryl Sandberg US COO of Facebook - Technology
11 Oprah Winfrey US Entreprenuer - Celebrity


Indra Nooyi


Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo - Business

13 Irene Rosenfeld US Chairman & CEO of Kraft Foods - Business
14 Lady Gaga US Musician & philanthropist - Celebrity
15 Virginia Rometty US President & CEO of IBM - Technology
16 Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Argentina President - Politics
17 Ursula Burns US Chairman & CEO of Xerox - Technology
18 Meg Whitman US CEO of HP - Technology
19 Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Chair & parlamentarian of National League for Democracy
20 Maria das Garcas Silva Foster Brazil CEO of Petrobras-Petroleo Brasil
21 Marissa Mayer US CEO of Yahoo - technology
22 Anne Sweeney US Co-chair of Disney Media Networks & President of Disney - Media
23 Diane Sawyer US Anchor of World News for ABC, Walt Disney - Media
24 Angela Braly US CEO of Wellpoint - Business
25 Susan Wojcicki US Senior vice president of Google - technology


Queen Elizabeth II


Monarch of United Kingdom

27 Julia Gillard Australia Prime Minister - Politics
28 Nancy Pelosi US Minority leader of the House of Representatives, US - Politics
29 Arianna Huffington US Editor-in-chief, Huffington Post Media Group, AOL - Media
30 Yingluck Shinawatra Thailand Prime Minister - Politics
31 Kathleen Sebelius US Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services - Politics
32 Beyonce Knowles US Actress, Entrepreneur, Musician - Celebrity
33 Diane von Furstenberg US Owner & fashion designer of Diane von Furstenberg Studio - Business
34 Helen Clark New Zealand Administrator of UN Development Programme - Humanitarian
35 Georgina Rinehart Australia Executive chairman of Hancock Prospecting - Billionaire
36 Amy Pascal US Co-chair of Sony Pictures television, Sony - Media
37 Margaret Chan China Director general of WHO - Humanitarian
38 Jennifer Lopez US Actress, Musician, Philanthropist - Celebrity
39 Sherry McCoy US CEO of Avon Products - Business
40 Shakira Colombia Musician, Philanthropist - Celebrity
41 Mary Barra US SVP of global product development at General Motors - Business
42 Zhang Xin China Cofounder & Ceo of Soho China
43 Alice Walton US Chairman of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Billionaire
44 Laura Lang US CEO of Time Inc., Time Warner - Media
45 Angela Ahrendts US CEO of Burberry Group - Business
46 Sue Naegle US President of HBO Entertainment, Time Warner Cable - Media
47 Ellen DeGeneres US Comedian, Philanthropist - Celebrity
48 Safra Catz US President & CFO of Oracle - Technology
49 Laurene Powell Jobs US Founder & Chairman of Emerson Collective - Billionaire
50 Rosalind Brewer US President & CEO of Sam's Club, Wal-Mart Stores - Business
51 Anna Wintour US Editor-in-chief, Vogue, Conde Nast Publications - Media
52 Helen Gayle US President & CEO of CARE - Humanitarian
53 Christiane Amanpour US Chief international correspondent at CNN - Media
54 Rosalia Mera Spain Investor, Philanthropist - Billionaire
55 Cynthia Carroll US CEO -of Anglo American - Business
56 Cher Wang Taiwan Cofounder and Chair of HTC - Technology
57 Abigail Johnson US President of Fidelity Investment - Business


Padmasree Warrior


Chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco Systems - Technology


Chanda Kochhar


Managing director & CEO of ICICI Bank - Business

60 Gail Kelly Australia CEO of Westpak Banking Group - Business
61 Margaret Hamburg US Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration
62 Ellen Kullman US Chairman & CEO of El du Pont de Nemours - Business
63 Drew Gilpin Faust US President of Harvard University - Humanitarian
64 Shari Arison Israel Investor, Philanthropist - Billionaire
65 Mary Schapiro US Chair of Securities and Exchange Commission - Politics
66 Angelina Jolie US Actress, Philanthropist - Celebrity
67 Miuccia Prada Italy Owner & Fashion designer of Prada - Business
68 Carol Meyrowitz US CEO of TJX Cos - Business
69 Ertharin Cousin US Executive director of World Food Programme at UN - Humanitarian
70 Sue Gardner Canada Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation - Technology
71 Joyce Banda Malawi President - Politics
72 Sri Mulyani Indrawati Indonesia Managing Director of World Bank - Humanitarian
73 Bonnie Hammer US Chairman of NBC Universal - Media
74 Chua Sock Koong Singapore Group CEO of SingTel - Business
75 Sofia Vergara Columbia Actress, Entrepreneur - Celebrity
76 Ho Ching Singapore CEO of Temasek - Business
77 Tina Brown US Editor-in-chief of Newsweek - Media


JK Rowling


Author - Celebrity

79 Chan Laiwa China Philanthropist - Billionaire


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw


Founder & chair of Biocon - Technology 

81 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Nigeria Minister of Finance - Politics
82 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia President - Politics
83 Gisele Bundchen Brazil Entreprenuer, Philanthropist, Supermodel - Celebrity
84 Mary Meeker US General Partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - Technology 
85 Shaikha Al-Bahar Kuwait CEO of Kuwait, National Bank of Kuwait - Business 
86 Marjorie Scardino US CEO of Pearson - Media 
87 Solina Chau Hong Kong Director of Li Ka Shing Foundation - Humanitarian 
88 Jan Fields US President of McDonald's USA - Business 
89 Weili Dai US Co-founder of Marvell Technology Group - Technology 
90 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey US President & CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Humanitarian 
91 Sun Yafang China Chair of Huawei Technologies - Technology 
92 Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi UAE Minister of Foreign Trade - Politics 
93 Guler Sabanci Turkey Chairman & Managing Director, Sabanci Holding - Business 
94 Greta Van Susteren US Anchor at FOX News, News Corp - Media 
95 Mary Callahan Erdoes US CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management at JPMorgan Chase - Business 
96 Mindy Grossman US CEO of HSN - Media 
97 Patricia Woertz US Chairman, CEO & President of Archer Daniels Midland - Business 
98 Judith Rodin US President of Rockefeller Foundation - Humanitarian 
99 Beth Brooke US Global Vice Chair of Public Policy at Ernst & Young - Business 
100 Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani Qatar Chair of Qatar Museums Authority - Humanitarian
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