Saturday, August 30, 2008

Forbes: World's Most Powerful Women

This year's Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful Women has created quite a buzz. Many would be surprised as to who topped the list, and to where women (whom they thought quite influential) fell in the list. A number of women are politicians and world leaders, but many are heads of multi-million dollar businesses.

Forbes List: 100 Most Powerful Women
"Our annual ranking of the most powerful women in the world measures "power" as a composite of public profile--calculated using press mentions--and financial heft. The economic component of the ranking considers job title and past career accomplishments, as well as the amount of money the woman controls. "

MSNBC also ran a story - The World's Most Powerful Women
"These women top a far-flung list that comprises 54 businesswomen and 23 politicians, with the rest being media execs and personalities and nonprofit leaders. A third are newcomers to the rankings; this reflects not only new top positions for women ...... but also the increasingly global reach of this list, with more women from outside the U.S. rising to worldwide prominence.

Just under half the women ranked this year are based outside of the U.S. Top countries represented include the U.K. (five women), China (four), France, India and the Netherlands (three apiece). Morocco has its first ranked woman this year: Hynd Bouhia (No. 29), director-general of the Casablanca Stock Exchange.

Candidates for our list are globally recognized women at the top of their fields: chief executives and their highest-ranked lieutenants, elected officials, nonprofit leaders. They don't have to be rich, but they do have to wield significant influence. This year, an architect, a war correspondent and several foundation executives all won spots on the list."

In addition, the Business Journal ran an article on the women in the Forbes' list from the Bay Area:
"Forbes’ List of the 100 Most Powerful Women included five Bay Area residents and three women with close local ties."

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