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Caroline Howard – Forbes – Friday, 30 May 2014 (originally published 28 May)
This is FORBES’ definitive annual guide to the extraordinary icons and leaders, groundbreakers and ceiling crashers who command the world stage.
In this snapshot of the 100 women with the most impact we showcase the top politicians, finance and business leaders, activist billionaires and celebrities who matter. In roughly equal measure you’ll find entrepreneurs and media mavens, technologists and philanthropists — all ranked by money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact (see full methodology here).
Power is a charged word that covers more than the traditional definition of political and economic might. Good thing: Less than 5% of the top companies have women CEOs. Slightly more than 10% of the 1,645 FORBES’ Worlds Billionaires 2014 are women. There are 14 incumbent female heads of state. We think differently. In addition to the hammer-and-nail philosophy, we look to leaders whose tools are their impact and influence on the global stage . . .