Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Finance Minister, has been included to Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women for the third year in a row. This year, she is ranked 37th, up from 41st the year before. She’s also two spots ahead of her American colleague, Janet Yellen.
Sitharaman was ranked 41st in 2020, and she was ranked 34th in 2019. Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s finance minister, is the country’s first full-time female finance minister.
Every year, Forbes, an American business magazine, publishes a list of the top 100 most powerful women in the world. According to the magazine, this year’s 18th annual list of power women contained 40 CEOs, the most since 2015, who “oversee a record $3.3 trillion in revenue.” The list also included 19 world leaders and an immunologist.
The list has a new number one for the first time in more than a decade, with philanthropist Mackenzie Scott replacing outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The US vice president, Kamala Harris, is ranked second, up one spot from last year. The Indian-origin woman made history this year by becoming the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in US history, as well as the first African-American and Asian-American vice presidents.
Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank, is placed third.
Indians on the list include HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra (52), and Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazundar-Shaw (72). Nykaa’s originator, Falguni Nayar, debuted at number 88 as well.
Other prominent people on the list are Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen (100) and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed (43).
The top ten ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ are listed below
MacKenzie Scott is the most well-known philanthropist in the world.
Kamala Harris, the US vice president, is ranked second.
Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, is ranked third.
Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, is ranked #4.
Melinda French Gates, #5, is a philanthropist.
Abigail Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Investments, is ranked #6.
7 Executive Chairman of Santander Botn, Ana Patricia
8 Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan
Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture, is ranked #10 in the world.