Forbes has released its annual list of most powerful women and First Lady Michelle Obama comes in at number eight, four spots lower than last year. Oprah Winfrey comes in at number 14 (one slot lower than last year); Beyonce hangs on to number 17; Ursula Burns is in at number 22 (falling from 14); and Eartharin Cousin, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, is at number 45. According to Forbes, Cousin has fed 177 million people since she assumed her leadership position two years ago.
Further down at number 64 is Rosalind Brewer, the president of Sam’s Club, which had revenues of $53 billion during fiscal year 2013.
As evidenced by the paragraph above, the list is very much the same as last year. Jezebel notes that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is number one, a position she’s held 10 of the last 11 years. Lady Gaga is the youngest at 28 years old (#67); Queen Elizabeth is the oldest at 88, ranked number 35.
“The résumés and accomplishments of the women on the Forbes list are all impressive (13 billionaires, 9 heads of state, 28 corporate CEOs), but nearly half the list are “female firsts”—the first female Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, GM’s first female CEO Mary Barra, the first female self-made African billionaire Folorunsho Alakija,” Jezebel continues.
Other women from abroad who made the list include Joyce Banda (#40), the first female president of Malawi; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (#44), the finance minister from Nigeria; and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (#70), the president of Liberia.