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 […]

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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
1 Angela MerkelChancellor Germany
2 Wu YiVice premier China
3 Ho ChingChief executive, Temasek Holdings Singapore
4 Condoleezza RiceSecretary of State U.S.
5 Indra K. NooyiChairman, chief executive, PepsiCo U.S.
6 Sonia GandhiPresident, Congress Party India
7 Cynthia CarrollChief executive, Anglo American U.K.
8 Patricia A. WoertzChairman, Archer Daniels Midland U.S.
9 Irene RosenfeldChairman, chief executive, Kraft Foods U.S.
10 Patricia RussoChief executive, Alcatel-Lucent U.S.
11 Michèle Alliot-MarieMinister for the Interior and overseas territories France
12 Christine LagardeMinister of economy, finance and employment France
13 Anne M. MulcahyChairman, chief executive, Xerox U.S.
14 Anne LauvergeonChief executive, Areva France
15 Mary SammonsChairman, chief executive, president, Rite Aid Corp. U.S.
16 Angela BralyChief executive, president, WellPoint U.S.
17 Marjorie ScardinoChief executive, Pearson PLC U.K.
18 Wu XiaolingDeputy governor, People's Bank of China China
19 Brenda BarnesChairman, chief executive, Sara Lee Corp. U.S.
20 Ruth Bader GinsburgSupreme court justice U.S.
21 Oprah WinfreyChairman, Harpo U.S.
22 Margaret WhitmanChief executive, president, Ebay U.S.
23 Queen Elizabeth IIQueen U.K.
24 Melinda GatesCofounder, cochairman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation U.S.
25 Hillary Rodham ClintonU.S. senator, New York

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