Oprah, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Top World's Most Powerful Women List

10:33 AM PST 08/24/2011 by Rebecca Ford
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel took the top spot on Forbes' annual list.

The world’s top three most powerful women are comprised of a German Chancellor, a U.S. Secretary of State and a Brazilian President.

But other than politicians, entertainment figures also made their mark among Forbes’ annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, including a “Monster” pop singer, a supermodel, and a media mogul.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped this year’s list, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the No. 2 spot, followed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at No. 3. The 100 women on the list collectively control $30 trillion and have an average age of 54. Twenty-nine are CEOs; 22 are single; 8 are heads of state; 74 are returnees.  

Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive of PepsiCo took the fourth spot, and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, took the number 5 spot.

Lady Gaga (No. 11) was the youngest resident of the list at the age of 25. Other entertainment figures included Today anchor Ann Curry (No. 66), singer Beyonce Knowles (No. 18), Angelina Jolie (No. 29) and model Gisele Bündchen (No. 60).

Oprah Winfrey, who last year was at the third spot, has dropped down to number 14 this year.

Forbes has been publishing the list of World’s Most Powerful Women since 2004. It features women involved in politics, business, media, entertainment and non-profit.

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