Forbes has again prepared an annual list of the 100 most influential women in the world - in a row, he became 17th. The list includes representatives of different professions from 30 countries of the world - from politicians to fighters against the pandemic, and the latter definitely brought updates to the list. The selection criterion voiced by Forbes: solving the unique challenges of 2020 in all available ways. The British Queen came 46th on this list, Elvira Nabiullina 47th, Rihanna 69th, Beyoncé 72nd, Sanna Marin 85th. But who is one of the ten most important ladies of the planet?
The President and CEO of Anthem, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, is among the ten most powerful women this year. Gail Boudreau is 60 years old and has a wealth of professional experience in healthcare, and in her first two years in her current role, Anthem's shares are up 20%. But it's not just about commercial benefits. The company announced the Anthem Foundation Awards, which has awarded more than $ 53 million in grants to address the serious health problems facing Americans.
The president of the American company Fidelity Investments is one of the wealthiest women of her time, according to Forbes. Abby received her MB degree from Harvard and began working as an analyst in the 1980s. The Boston mutual fund, which Abigail inherited, was founded by her grandfather, the chair of the company passed to her from her father. The 58-year-old billionaire has a passion for cryptocurrencies and launched a platform in 2018.
Ana is a famous Spanish banker, chairman of the board of directors of the financial and credit group Santander. She took this place in 2014, after the sudden death of her father Emilio, but the woman was ready for the challenge - she had a study at Philadelphia and Harvard behind her. Santander has become the largest financial and credit company in Spain and an important player in Europe. Botin took the unrest at home seriously and focused on helping entrepreneurs, especially small businesses owned by women. Ana is a permanent member of the lists of the most influential people in the world and, probably, the only Spanish woman who does not leave him.
Pelosi is the 52nd and 55th Speaker of the US House of Representatives. This appointment makes her the highest-ranking woman in the country and second in line to the presidency. In 2013, she was inducted into the Seneca Falls National Women's Hall of Fame. The Democrat is now in her third term as speaker, she is already 80. Pelosi initiated the fourth impeachment procedure in US history against the president, not afraid of confrontation with Trump. Remember the appearance of the Democratic Party in white in February 2019 (read also: Why Tiffany Trump's impeccable attire in Congress was still her "stylish failure")? It seems that Nancy Pelosi was ready for politics since childhood: she was born in Maryland, which is not far from Washington, she studied political science in the District of Columbia and even attended the inaugural speech John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Since 2014, Mary is the CEO of General Motors. She became the first woman to head one of the three largest American car manufacturers. GM now consistently scores high on gender equality reports, but Barr's accomplishments don't stop there. It has invested billions in electric vehicles, self-driving cars and a passenger sharing service called Maven. And in the spring of 2020, Mary reallocated General Motors' production lines to help Ventec Life Systems manufacture critical ventilation equipment.
Mrs. Gates, 56, is the fifth most powerful woman on the planet. As Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she has a wealth of credibility in philanthropy. It is the world's largest private philanthropic foundation focused on global issues ranging from education and poverty to contraception and sanitation. The target capital of the fund is $ 40 billion. Melinda focuses on the rights of women and girls and issues of inequality. In addition, the Gates Foundation has actively allocated funds to fight the coronavirus.
Ursula von der Leyen
Von der Leyen is the first woman to chair the European Commission. The 62-year-old woman holds impressive powers: she is responsible for legislation affecting more than 700 million Europeans. From 2005 to 2019, that is, until the current appointment and moving to Belgium, the German politician worked in Angela Merkel's office, being in it longer than all her colleagues. Ursula has held the positions of Minister of Family Affairs, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, for the last six years she has been the Minister of Defense of Germany. In September 2020, in her first speech in her new position as chairman of the commission, she strongly condemned Poland's policy against LGBT rights.
Of course, the Forbes list could not have done without Kamala Harris, a Democrat who was called Trump's personal enemy and a real fighter who, from a family of immigrants, made her way to the very top of American politics (read also: Donald Trump's personal enemy: who is Kamala Harris, and why about her everyone says). She became the first woman in American history to be elected vice president, previously the first Indian American to be elected to the US Senate, and the first African American and first woman to serve as California's attorney general.
In November 2019, Lagarde became the first woman to head the European Central Bank. Now the 64-year-old chairman of the European Central Bank is facing a serious test: the threat of an economic crisis over the eurozone caused by the coronavirus pandemic. From 2011 to mid-2019, Christine led the International Monetary Fund, which works to ensure the stability of the global monetary system, and was also the first woman in this position. Before that, she was the Minister of Economy and Finance of France. Back in 2008, Lagarde pointed to “groupthink” in the financial industry as a weakness and called for gender reform.
The list of the most powerful women is crowned with the name of the Federal Chancellor of Germany. Iron Frau, as reporters call her, became the first woman in the post of head of the country and has been holding this position since 2005, despite numerous predictions about her leaving (see also: Angela Merkel, as few people know (or remember) her). However, Angela is well aware of the need for turnover and power. The Chancellor said she would not renew her term in 2021.
De facto Merkel is the leader of Europe, all thanks to the robust German economy. An October 2020 poll showed that 75% of people in 14 European countries trust Angela more than any other politician. The Chancellor allowed more than a million Syrian refugees into her country, actively opposed Trump and continued to work to strengthen the European Union. The only question that interests everyone now is who will take over the baton when Merkel leaves office.
Photo: Getty Images
- At the helm: 8 of the most powerful women in the world
- Style in a million: how the richest women in the world dress
- The decline of male politics: why women leaders coped better with the pandemic
- "A woman's place in the kitchen": what is really hidden behind sexist phrases