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The World’s Most Powerful Women Under 50

The World’s Most Powerful Women Under 50

Each year Forbes releases their list of the world’s most powerful women. From a group of over 250 candidates from around the world, Forbes carefully selects 100 of the most influential women, using three metrics: money, media presence and impact. Using factors like company revenue, income, net worth; dollars spent fulfilling an organization’s mission along with news hits, TV and radio appearances, fans/followers over social media; and lastly extent of their reach across industries, cultures and countries, and the number of people they influence and affect, Forbes released their list of the world’s most powerful women earlier this year.

Interestingly enough, no women from Canada made the Forbes’ list, and only three women from India graced it. Coming in at #9 is Sonia Gandhi, India’s President; #65 is Chanda Kochhar, CEO of ICICI Bank; and #85 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder and Chair of Biocon Ltd.

So who are the youngest and freshest most powerful female faces in the world today?

1.

Melina Gates, 48 from the United States

Cochair, Bill & Melina Gates Foundation
Education: Master of Business Administration, Duke University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Duke University
Overall ranking: 3

Women - Melinda Gates 1
Women - Michelle Obama 2
2.

Michelle Obama, 49 from the United States

First Lady, United States
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Princeton University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Harvard University
Overall ranking: 4

3.

Sheryl Sandberg, 43 from the United States

COO, Facebook
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard University; Master of Business Administration, Harvard University
Overall ranking: 6

Women - Sheryl Sandberg 2
Women - Beyonce Knowles 2
4.

Beyonce Knowles, 31 from the United States

Actress, Entrepreneur, Musician
Education: Nothing worth noting
Overall ranking: 17

5.

Susan Wojcicki, 45 from the United States

Senior Vice President, Google
Education: Master of Science, University of California, Santa Cruz; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard University; Master of Business Administration, University of California at Los Angeles
Overall ranking: 30

Women - Susan Wojcicki
Women - Yingluck Shinawatra
6.

Yingluck Shinawatra, 46 from Thailand

Prime Minister, Thailand
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Chiang Mai University; Masters of Public Administration, Kentucky State University
Overall ranking: 31

7.

Marissa Mayer, 38 from the United States

CEO, Yahoo
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Stanford University; Master of Science, Stanford University
Overall ranking: 32

Women - Marissa Mayer
Women - Angelina Jolie
8.

Angelina Jolie, 38 from the United States

Actress, Philanthropist
Education: Nothing worth noting
Overall ranking: 37

9.

Sofia Vergara, 41 from Colombia

Actress, Entrepreneur
Education: Nothing worth noting
Overall ranking: 38

Women - Sofia Vergara
Women - Laurene Powell Jobs
10.

Laurene Powell Jobs, 49 from the United States

Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective
Education: Master of Business Administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Overall ranking: 39

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