Forbes Names 2019's Most Powerful Women in the World
Miss World? More like Madam President. Forbes named the most powerful women in the world, who have each had a direct hand in shaping 2019. From world leaders to musicians, actors, activists, and business execs, women from all corners of the globe have been highlighted for their impeccable leadership skill, business savvy, and philanthropic passion.
From ages 16 to 76, and with every continent represented, ageism and geography tremble in the face of these f*cking awesome females. Women in business dominated the list, from CEOs of Starbucks and Walt Disney to leaders of international banks and self-made billionaire founders. Female politicians were also a force to be reckoned with, as Forbes spotlighted world leaders from the UK, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Taiwan, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel — who was named 2019's most powerful woman in the world.
Next up, Forbes recognised our favourite celebrities doing major things, like Rihanna's revolutionary Fenty Beauty, Reese Witherspoon's support of female storytellers, Ava DuVernay's incredible directorial talent, and Greta Thunberg's inspiring call to action.
Ahead, see 2019's most powerful women in the world.