Forbes’ List of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
Amid the unprecedented crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Europe, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen topped Forbes’ 2022 list of world’s 100 most powerful women.
About Forbes’ The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
Since 2004, the American business magazine Forbes publishes a list of the 100 most powerful women in the world each year. Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel was at the top of the list from 2006 to 2020, except in the year 2010, when US First Lady Michelle Obama took the spot.
The list is determined by four main criteria – money, media, impact and spheres of influence. For political leaders, GDP and populations were taken into account. For corporate leaders, revenues and employee counts are considered as well as media mentions and influence.
- The 2022 list consists of innovators and instigators who are leading the world to defy the conventional power structures, and create a lasting impact in every sphere of influence.
- The list is topped by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who is currently representing 27 EU member states and their 450 million constituents. After becoming the first woman to head the EU’s governing body nearly three years ago, her leadership played a major role in the pandemic recovery measures, deploying unprecedented support to Ukraine during the Russian invasion and standing up to world powers like China.
- The 100th position is held by Iran’s Mahsa Amini. She is the first to be included in the list posthumously. Amini lost her life in September this year while in the custody of Iran’s morality police. This triggered widespread protest across Iran and Amini’s name became synonymous with the valiant fight for women’s equality.
- Six Indian women featured on the 2022 list. These include Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Nykaa founder Falguni Nayar, HCLTech Chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch and Steel Authority Of India Chairperson Soma Mondal.