Of course, if Forbes is going to do a list of the most powerful black women, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, and Beyonce are going to be on there. But some of the other names on the list might be a little more unfamiliar.
Also on Forbes’ list are Ertharin Cousin, the executive director of the UN’s World Food Programme; Helene Gayle, the president and CEO of CARE, the organization tackling world poverty; and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s minister of finance. About Okonjo-Iweala, Forbes writes that she “oversaw a 6.5% increase in GDP from 2011 to 2012.” She was the managing director of the World Bank prior to this position, and held the minister of finance position during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
The women on this list were taken from the previous Forbes list showcasing the most powerful women in the world. On that list, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was number one and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was in the second spot.