Revealed: The world’s most powerful women

We highlight 10 of the most powerful women in the world today who are providing inspiration to new generations of female leaders



Despite this year’s Gulf Business Arab Power List being 75 per cent men, women in the region have continued to make a significant impact inside and outside of the workplace.

The Gulf’s businesswomen join an illustrious list of top-level female executives, heads of state and agenda-setters from around the world, showcasing the growing influence of women on global politics, business, and more. Here, we highlight 10 of the most powerful women in the world today who are providing inspiration to new generations of female leaders.


MELINDA GATES
Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
United States


THERESA MAY
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom


ANGELA MERKEL
Chancellor of Germany
Germany


SHERYL SANDBERG
COO, Facebook
United States


MARY BARRA
CEO and chairwoman, General Motors
United States


JANET YELLEN
Chair of the board of governors, Federal Reserve System
United States


CHRISTINE LAGARDE
Managing director, International Monetary Fund
France


ANA PATRICIA BOTIN
Executive chairwoman, Santander Group
Spain


GINNI ROMETTY
Chairwomen, president and CEO, IBM
United States


OPRAH WINFREY
Media mogul
United States