Philanthropist Melinda Gates is more powerful than First Lady Michelle Obama or former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a new ranking by Forbes Magazine.
The magazine’s list of the 100 most powerful women includes politicians, CEOs, celebrities, activists and leaders in media, technology and philanthropy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the list followed by Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff.
Gates, the 48-year-old co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, comes in at No. 3. The foundation has pledged to eliminate polio worldwide by 2018.
No. 4 is Michelle Obama followed by Hillary Clinton at No. 5
Another Northwest notable making the list is Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood at No. 63.
The top 10 and other notables on the list:
- 1. Angela Merkel - German Chancellor
- 2. Dilma Rousseff - Brazil President
- 3. Melinda Gates - Philathropist, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- 4. Michelle Obama - First Lady
- 5. Hillary Clinton - Former First Lady, U.S. senator and U.S. Secretary of State
- 6. Cheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO
- 7. Christine Lagarde - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
- 8. Janet Napolitano - U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary
- 9. Sonia Gandhi - President, Indian National Congress
- 10. Indra Nooyi - PepsiCo CEO
- 12. Virginia Rometty - IBM CEO
- 13. Oprah Winfrey - Entreprenuer
- 15. Meg Whitman - Hewlett-Packard CEO
- 17. Beyonce Knowles - Musician, actress, entrepreneur
- 22. Rep. Nancy Pelosi - House Minority Leader (D)
- 25. Kathleen Sebelius - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
- 30. Susan Wojcicki - Google Senior VP
- 32. Marissa Mayer - Yahoo! CEO
- 38. Sofia Vergara - Actress, entreprenuer
- 40. Queen Elizabeth II - Monarch
- 41. Anna Wintour - Vogue Editor-In-Chief
- 45. Lady Gaga - Musician, philanthropist
- 51. Ellen DeGeneres - Comedian, philanthropist
- 52. Shakira - Musician, "The Voice" coach, philanthropist
- 56. Arianna Huffington - Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief
- 63. Amy Hood - Microsoft CFO
- 73. Diane Sawyer - ABC News anchor
- 93. J.K. Rowling - Author
- 95. Gisele Bundchen - Entreprenuer, philanthropist, supermodel
- 97. Greta Van Susteren - FOX News anchor