According to Forbes,
Change is rippling through the business, tech, entertainment, philanthropical and political spheres alike. The 2018 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list celebrates the icons, innovators and instigators who are using their voice to change power structures and create a lasting impact.
Top five most powerful women in the world,
Angela Merkel -
She is the Chancellor of Germany since November 2005. Having just been re-elected, the most powerful woman in the world shows no sign of relinquishing her crown. Her leadership is marked by her steely reserve, from standing up to Donald Trump to allowing more than a million Syrian refugees into Germany. She is the backbone of the European Union (EU) and the fate of the Euro lies on her shoulders. She is the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the leader of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since the year 2000 – the first woman to hold either office.
2. Theresa May -
She is the prime minister from July 2016, after David Cameron's resignation after UK's referendum decision to leave the EU.she fights to win UK Parliament’s approval of her Brexit deal, according to a ranking by Forbes. May has spent the past two years negotiating the exit, facing pushback from both pro and anti-European faction in her own party and the opposition. May continues to fight for a unified Britain and in her own words "a Brexit that delivers on the result of the referendum.
3. Christine Lagarde - She is the managing Director of International Monetary Fund. She is the first woman to hold this position. Lagarde has led the IMF since 2011, providing financial oversight and guidance for its 189 member countries, including China, Russia and the U.K. Under her tenure, the IMF has navigated the eurozone debt crisis, managed emerging market risks and the threat of a U.S. trade war with China. Christine Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d'honneur in April 2012. On the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 bank collapse, Lagarde pointed to "groupthink" in the male-dominated industry and call further gender reform.
4. Mary Barra - Mary Barra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. She was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors on January 4, 2016, and has served as CEO of GM since January 15, 2014.Under Barra’s leadership, GM envisions a world with zero crashes, to save lives; zero emissions, so future generations can inherit a healthier planet; and zero congestion, so customers get back a precious commodity–time.Having earned $22 million in 2017, Barra has the highest compensation of any leader of a Detroit Big Three automaker.
5. Abigail Johnson - Abigail Pierrepont Johnson(born December 19, 1961) is an Americanbillionaire businesswoman. Since 2014, Johnson has been president and chief executive officer of American investment firm Fidelity Investments(FMR).She owns an estimated 24.5% stake of the firm, which has nearly $2.5 trillion in managed assets. Johnson has embraced cryptocurrencies and, in 2018, Fidelity launched a platform that allows institutional investors to trade bitcoin and ether. Johnson has embraced cryptocurrencies and, in 2018, Fidelity launched a platform that allows institutional investors to trade bitcoin and ether.