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Forbes names EU chief Ursula ‘most powerful woman’ in world, again

List also features American philanthropist Melinda Gates and US Vice President Kamala Harris

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers state of the European Union address to the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, September 14, 2022. — Reuters

Every year, Forbes releases its list of the world’s most powerful women with one leading from the front and the publication has, yet again, bestowed the title onto European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for the second year in a row.

In its 20th annual list, the American publication features a wide array of women from around the world with influence in various disciplines and some newcomers as well as celebrating their global impact, and also prompts critical questions and challenges that they face 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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