Sonia Gandhi ranked 6th in world's "100 Most Powerful Women"

Indian National Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and soft drink giant PepsiCo's India-born Chairman Indra Nooyi have been named among the world's 10 most powerful women by the US-based business magazine Forbes. Gandhi has jumped to sixth rank this year, up from 13th in 2006, with the magazine attributing the election of her choice Pratibha […]

Indian National Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and soft drink giant PepsiCo's India-born Chairman Indra Nooyi have been named among the world's 10 most powerful women by the US-based business magazine Forbes.

Gandhi has jumped to sixth rank this year, up from 13th in 2006, with the magazine attributing the election of her choice Pratibha Patil as the country's President another testimony of her growing power. Nooyi has been ranked at the fifth position, down from fourth last year.

"The 100 Most Powerful Women" list compiled by Forbes has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the second year in a row.

Another Indian-origin businesswoman Vidya Chhabria, Chairman of UAE-based Jumbo Group, was ranked 97 in the list. Here is a list of top 25:

RankNameOccupationCountry
1Angela MerkelChancellorGermany
2Wu YiVice premierChina
3Ho ChingChief executive, Temasek HoldingsSingapore
4Condoleezza RiceSecretary of StateU.S.
5Indra K. NooyiChairman, chief executive, PepsiCoU.S.
6Sonia GandhiPresident, Congress PartyIndia
7Cynthia CarrollChief executive, Anglo AmericanU.K.
8Patricia A. WoertzChairman, Archer Daniels MidlandU.S.
9Irene RosenfeldChairman, chief executive, Kraft FoodsU.S.
10Patricia RussoChief executive, Alcatel-LucentU.S.
11Michèle Alliot-MarieMinister for the Interior and overseas territoriesFrance
12Christine LagardeMinister of economy, finance and employmentFrance
13Anne M. MulcahyChairman, chief executive, XeroxU.S.
14Anne LauvergeonChief executive, ArevaFrance
15Mary SammonsChairman, chief executive, president, Rite Aid Corp.U.S.
16Angela BralyChief executive, president, WellPointU.S.
17Marjorie ScardinoChief executive, Pearson PLCU.K.
18Wu XiaolingDeputy governor, People's Bank of ChinaChina
19Brenda BarnesChairman, chief executive, Sara Lee Corp.U.S.
20Ruth Bader GinsburgSupreme court justiceU.S.
21Oprah WinfreyChairman, HarpoU.S.
22Margaret WhitmanChief executive, president, EbayU.S.
23Queen Elizabeth IIQueenU.K.
24Melinda GatesCofounder, cochairman, Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationU.S.
25Hillary Rodham ClintonU.S. senator, New York

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