The World's 10 Most Powerful Women 2011

Forbes released the 2011 list of the world's 100 most powerful women which include political figures such as presidents, first ladies and monarchs, along with cultural icons like talk show hosts and pop superstars.

The 2011 list includes a list of impressive world leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list, followed closely by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff. The Magazine described Chancellor Angela Merkel as the real leader of the European Union.

1. Angela Merkel, 57, Germany - Chancellor

2. Hillary Clinton, 63, United States - Secretary of State

3. Dilma Rousseff, 63, Brazil - President

4. Indra Nooyi, 55, United States - Chief Executive, PepsiCo

5. Sheryl Sandberg, 41, United States - COO, Facebook

6. Melinda Gates, 47, United States - Cofounder, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

7. Sonia Gandhi, 64, India - President, Indian National Congress Party

8. Michelle Obama, 47, United States - First Lady

9. Christine Lagarde, 55, France - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

10. Irene Rosenfeld, 58, United States - CEO, Kraft Foods

Source: Forbes

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