Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor and beloved podcaster, overtook Condoleezza Rice as the world’s most powerful woman, according to Forbes magazine. The No. 3 spot was filled by ChinaҒs vice premier, Wu Yi, also known as the Iron Lady.Ӕ How did someone known as the Iron LadyӔ lose out to Angela Merkel?

BBC News:

The index is based on visibility in the media as well as economic impact.

Mrs Merkel did not have any ranking in the Forbes top 100 index in 2005.

Likewise, her Chilean, Liberian and South Korean counterparts all appeared this year for the first time.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet entered at number 17 while Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took 51st position and South Korean Prime Minister Han Myung-sook made it onto the list at 68.



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