Forbes List at a Glance: The 100 Women Who Run the World

August 27, 2012 7:00 AM

Some of the Forbes 2012 most powerful womenClockwise from top left: #1. Angela Merkel #30. Yingluck Shinawatra #2. Hillary Clinton with African Union Chair-Designate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma #33. Diane Von Furstenberg #21. Marissa Mayer #32. Beyonce Knowles.

Forbes' latest list of The 100 Women Who Run the World is a fascinating cross section of international women of wealth and influence.

At a glance, the list is made up of:

24 business women, including 17 CEOs and 2 major fashion designers. (There are a total of 25 CEOs on the list from different business sectors.)
19 politicians, including 8 heads of state, one of which is a queen.
15 women in technology, including the first ever female board member of Facebook and the  first ever female CEO of IBM since its creation in 1911.
14 women in media, including Arianna Huffington, Anna WintourTina Brown and Executive Editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, who cracked the top 5.
12 humanitarians.
10 celebrities, each of which carry the label of “entrepreneur” or “philanthropist” in addition to their primary occupation, with the exception of J.K. Rowling, who is simply listed as an author.

11 billionaires.
7 women under 40, Lady Gaga being the youngest  at 26. (Queen Elizabeth II is the eldest on the list at 86.)
61 women from the United States.
1 Canadian.
71 women listed as married, 10 divorced, 10 single, 5 widowed and 1 engaged.
73 women listed as having children.
67 women with a Bachelor of Arts/Science (often as one of multiple degrees).

Political powerhouses take the top three spots, with Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at #1  for the second year in a row. She's also ranked as the #4 most powerful person in the world. While trying to pull Europe out of financial crisis and continuing her mission to reduce greenhouse gases, she also answers questions from the public via her Youtube channel. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff take the second and third spots respectively.

Rounding out the top 5 are Melinda Gates, whose philanthropic work aims to do nothing less than change the planet, and Executive Editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, the first female to helm the 161 year old publication.

View the complete 2012 Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List and the profiles of the women on it.

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