Saturday, October 20, 2012

Top 10 Most Powerful Women in the World 2012

10.Irene Rosenfeld
          Business

Irene RosenfeldIrene Rosenfeld
 
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Cornell University; Doctorate, Cornell University; Master of Science, Cornell University
  • Marital Status: Married  
  • Children: 2

Attentive to activist investors, Irene Rosenfeld announced a surprising corporate breakup in August that will divorce Oreos and Mac 'N Cheese in 2012. The doctor of marketing and statistics says she's been considering the split since 2007, which will divide Kraft into a global snacks business with $32 billion estimated revenues and a North American grocery business with $16 billion estimated revenues.




9.Christine Lagarde
          Non-Profit

Christine LagardeChristine Lagarde
  • Age: 56
  • Residence: Washington, DC
  • Country of Citizenship: France
  • Education: Master of Arts, Institut d''etudes politiques d''Aix-en-Provence
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Children: 2

The first woman to run the IMF inherits an institution in crisis, overseeing multibillion-euro bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

2011 Highlight: Lagarde's controversial and unpopular call for mandatory recapitalization of European banks was embraced 2 months later.



8.Michelle Obama
          Politics

Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama
  • Age: 48
  • Residence: Washington, DC
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence, Harvard University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Princeton University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2

More popular than her husband, Michelle Obama's approval ratings hover near 70% while President Barack Obama's are less than 40%. The first lady keeps a high profile with her mission to end childhood obesity and her stylish fashion picks. This year the Harvard Law School grad orchestrated the launch of the new nutritional standard info graphic My Plate with the USDA, her Let's Move! campaign inspired companies like Coca-Cola, Kellogg and General Mills to pledge to reduce the calorie content of their foods by 2012.



7.Sonia Gandhi
          Politics

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
 
  • Age: 65
  • Residence: New Delhi, India
  • Country of Citizenship: India
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Children: 2

India's most powerful politician has twice ¬refused to serve as prime minister, ¬delegating that job to Manmohan Singh.

2011 Lowlight: Was out of the country seeking medical attention during the nation-shaking anticorruption hunger strikes by Anna Hazare.



6.Melinda Gates
          Non-Profit

Melinda GatesMelinda Gates
 
  • Age: 47
  • Residence: Medina, WA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Master of Business Administration, Duke University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3

Melinda Gates has her name on top of the world's wealthiest and most generous private foundation, investing in poverty eradication, public health and education. Last year the charity gave away $2.5 billion. She studied computer science at Duke University, received her MBA from its business school and immediately traveled to Seattle to take a job in product development at Microsoft. In 1994, she married Microsoft's founder and then-CEO, Bill Gates, leaving the firm shortly afterward to focus on the foundation. Over the last eight years, the couple has donated $24 billion to the organization, or roughly two-thirds of its total endowment. This year, the main campaign has been to expand access to immunization vaccines in the developing world.
Fun fact: Gates won't allow Apple products in the home but has admitted she's intrigued with the iPhone.



5.Sheryl Sandberg
          Business

Sheryl SandbergSheryl Sandberg
 
  • Age: 42
  • Residence: Atherton, CA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard University; Master of Business Administration, Harvard University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2

After arriving from rival Google in 2008, Facebook's second-in-command has helped grow its 70 million user base into over 750 million active "friends" today, representing about 11% of the world's population. COO Sandberg also helped monetize them. The dorm-room startup is prepping for a reported early-2012 IPO that could value the social media giant as high as $100 billion. The Harvard MBA served as chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton, and managed Google's online global sales and operations as a vice president.



4.Indra Nooyi
          Business

Indra NooyiIndra Nooyi
 
  • Age: 56
  • Residence: Greenwich, CT
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Madras Christian College; Master of Business Administration, Yale University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2

With nearly $60 billion in annual revenues, PepsiCo is the largest food and beverage business in the U.S., with sales on par with the GDP of Croatia. At its helm for five years, Nooyi oversees a staff of almost 300,000 worldwide and is one of just a handful of top female, minority CEOs. In light of the global obesity crisis, she is expanding its $13 billion nutritional portfolio to $30 billion by 2020, with more fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy and sports products. Last year, she upped the research and development budget to $488 million, mostly in the hopes of discovering a just-as-good, naturally sweet, zero-calorie soda.



3.Dilma Rousseff
          Politics

Dilma RousseffDilma Rousseff
 
  • Age: 64
  • Residence: Brasilia, Brazil
  • Country of Citizenship: Brazil
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Children: 1

Rousseff spent her first year in office cleaning house--dismissing 5 cabinet ministers and dozens of officials charged with corruption.
2011 Lowlight: Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics are both late and over budget.



2.Hillary Clinton
          Politics

Hilary ClintonHilary Clinton
 
  • Age: 64
  • Residence: Washington, DC
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Wellesley College; Master of Laws, Yale University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 1

Impressive marks for her handling of a ¬difficult year, which included the Arab Spring uprisings, WikiLeaks' release of sensitive American diplomatic cables, Iran's alleged murder attempt on the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and the death of Osama bin Laden.

2011 Lowlight: Documents in the WikiLeaks dump ¬suggest Clinton ordered U.S. diplomats to gather computer passwords of top UN officials, including Ban Ki-moon.


1.Angela Merkel
          Politics

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
  • Age: 57
  • Residence: Berlin, Germany
  • Country of Citizenship: Germany
  • Marital Status: Married

The world's most powerful woman heads Europe's most vibrant economy and is widely viewed as the de facto leader of the EU. A recent poll in France showed that the French have more faith in Germany's leader (46%) than in their own president, Nicolas Sarkozy (33%). Germany must take bolder measures toward resolving the euro zone debt crisis, despite the political risks to Merkel's ruling coalition. Half-¬measures will not do.

2011 Lowlight: Refused to support NATO air strikes in Libya.