Forbes: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, World's Most Powerful Woman
German Chancellor Angela Merkel possessed enough “significant financial resources + significant media (including social) presence + multiple spheres of influence” to be named the world’s most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine.
In being so named, Merkel reclaimed the title from First Lady Michelle Obama (who fell to 8th.) Merkel, like most leaders in the world today, has had to deal with criticism from the opposition, the markets, and her own party at home but is seen by many as the leader of the European Union.
As the EU tries to navigate and avoid multiple crises across the euro zone, Merkel has emerged as clear, decisive voice. Also on the list are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd), Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (3rd) and Christine Lagarde (9th) whose candidacy for the top post at the IMF was backed by Merkel.