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Merkel Again Named World's Most Powerful Woman

Aug. 22 2012
Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been again named the world's most powerful woman, according to the annual list released Wednesday by Forbes magazine.

The second most powerful woman is US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, followed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The three women topped the Forbes list in the same order last year.

Merkel has held the top ranking since 2006, except for 2010 when she was bumped by US First Lady Michelle Obama.

The list portrays the influence of women in political, economic, technical and social fields across the world. Other categories that influence the choice are income and philanthropic engagement.

Entertainment personalities on the list include pop singer Lady Gaga, who at 26 is the youngest on the list and is ranked 14th.

The oldest woman on the list is British Queen Elizabeth II, 86, ranked 26th.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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