EU chief Ursula von der Leyen retains ‘most powerful woman’ title

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. — AFP  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has been named the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes for the second consecutive time.

The American publication, in its 20th ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ annual list, features a diverse group of influential leaders, newcomers and established figures across various disciplines. 

The list, celebrating women’s global impact, also prompts critical questions and challenges that womenfolk encounter in today’s world, Forbes reported.

German politician Ursula retains her title for the second time in a row following her ongoing stint as the 13th EU chief, a position she has held since 2019.

In its bid to name her the most powerful woman this year, Forbes has gone past notable figures like European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, US Vice President Kamala Harris and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

At 65, the EU head marked a historic milestone as the first woman in this role, running legislative matters impacting over 450 million Europeans.

American pop sensation Taylor Swift stands fifth on the list with Forbes pushing her up from the 79th spot last year leaving behind contemporaries like Beyonce and Rihanna.

The list also features American philanthropist Melinda Gates, American talk show host turned media mogul Oprah Winfrey and British CEO of GlaxoSmithKline Emma Walmsley at the 10th, 15th and 31st spots.

Forbes list also features significant female politicians, who once served in leadership positions, including Sanna Marin, Jacinda Ardern, and Nicola Sturgeon. However, not a single Pakistani was featured on the list. 

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