Merkel remains world's most powerful woman
31 August 2007, Washington (dpa) - For the second year in a row, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named the world's most powerful woman by the US magazine Forbes on Friday.
31 August 2007
Washington (dpa) - For the second year in a row, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named the world's most powerful woman by the US magazine Forbes on Friday.
Merkel, the first woman to become chancellor of Germany, beat Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi into second place in the list of the world's 100 most powerful women.
"She continued to impress the world with her cool leadership at two back-to-back summits," the magazine said on its website.
"First, she stuck to her principles, getting G8 leaders to agree to significant cuts in carbon emissions, among other things. Merkel later corralled European Union countries into an agreement on a treaty to replace the EU constitution," Forbes said.
Wu "continues to help lead a government that oversees an economy whose gross domestic product may soon eclipse Germany's, making it the third-biggest economy in the world," the magazine said.
Ho Ching, the wife of the Singapore prime minister and chief executive of the state-owned investment company, came third.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was edged into second place by Merkel last year, dropped to fourth place this year.
The list contains 29 women in government functions, 66 from the business world and five from other sectors, such as the media.
PepsiCo chief executive Indra K Nooyi was fifth and India's Sonia Gandhi, president of the National Congress Party, came in at sixth.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II jumped from 46th to 23rd on the list, with Forbes crediting her rise to the length of her reign and "increasing media favourability."
Oprah Winfrey, the chat-show star, backs up her title as the magazine's most powerful celebrity with a place at 21.
The rankings are based on "influence," "economic impact" and media "reach".
Subject: German news