Top 10 World's Most Powerful Women of 2008
Written and Compiled by Ahreeman X
September 19, 2008
From Forbes 2008 Top 100 Most Powerful Women of the world List
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Yes, it is that time of the year again! So who will be number one?
Would it be Sarah Palin?
Sarah Palin Rocks America
No I’m afraid that Sarah Palin will not make the list this year; however, I am predicting that if she will become the next Vice President of USA, then for sure she will make the top ten list next year and possibly she will be the most powerful woman in the world!
Nasrin Carmel Moore
Would it be Nasrin Carmel Moore?
No I’m afraid that Nasrin will not make the list; however, she has made it in another list, IPC List of Top Hot Persian Models. Actually I believe that presently she is number 3 in the list (left column, halfway down the page):
IPC Fashion Models Index
Would it be Shirin Ebadi?
Shirin Ebadi, Heroine of Islamic Reforms!
I’m afraid not, but she is surely in the top 10 list of IPC’s “Shiite of the Season” list:
Shiite of the Season Index
She is a tough piece of Shiite who is also in the top ten list of most opportunist con artist women of the world! The Piss Nipple Price (Peace Nobel Prize) winning little round wench is a unique character!
So who will be the winner of this year’s list? Anticipation, anticipation, …..
And the winner is …. once again, the undisputed champion of the world, The Chancellor Power Woman.
Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles in Der Welt …….
1. Angela Merkel
Chancellor - Germany
With $3.3 trillion in GDP, Germany is Europe's biggest economy, and Merkel's reforms are sparking a rebound, with unemployment falling (although consumer confidence just hit a five-year low). She pushed through a later retirement age, put more women in senior government posts, and raised payments to new parents. Bulldozes through controversy: hosted the Dalai Lama, chastised Mugabe, and wants to make the euro a bigger player in global financial markets as the dollar wanes. Also trying to make Germany more eco-friendly with steep greenhouse-gas cuts. Europeans voted her their most influential politician.
2. Sheila C. Bair
Chairman of Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. – USA
The head of the embattled FDIC has been trying to reassure an edgy American public that the country's financial institutions are sound—even as six banks have now failed this year. Bair's domain is the last stop for capital-starved banks (and their insured customers) before going under. But the July demise of IndyMac, the largest bankruptcy of a financial institution in the last two decades, has rattled nerves. As banks continue to fail, Bair must continue to show the fortitude that has helped her lead an institution that is suddenly an actor in this global drama.
3. Indra K. Nooyi
Chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo – USA
Nooyi continues to grow PepsiCo, the $39 billion food and beverage giant, through new product offerings and acquisitions. Company subsidiaries Quaker, Gatorade and FritoLay introduced a new line of whole-grain oatmeal and granola bars called Simple Harvest, and G2, a low-calorie "lifestyle beverage" for athletes. Nooyi orchestrated a major expansion into international markets, most notably with a $1.4 billion acquisition of a 75% stake in Russian juice giant Lebedyansky.
4. Angela Braly
Chief executive and president of WellPoint – USA
Named CEO in June 2007, Braly crashed through health insurance's glass ceiling but still earned $26 million less last year than her male predecessor. The St. Louis attorney helped Missouri's Blue Cross convert from a nonprofit into an investor-owned company in 1994. Made the leap to WellPoint when the company acquired Blue Cross in 2001. The 35-million-member insurer revised its forecasts in March after reporting more claims than expected. Now facing wrath from employees who lost an estimated $100 million from their 401(k)s when company shares swooned 39% in March.
5. Cynthia Carroll
Chief executive of Anglo American – UK
The commodities boom means big money for Carroll. The Skidmore College geology major started her career with Amoco in 1981. Spent 17 years at aluminum company Alcan. In 2006, became the first woman and first non-South African to lead Anglo American, the mining giant founded by Ernest Oppenheimer in 1917. Completed $5.5 billion iron ore deal in Brazil. Recently appointed to the board of BP.
6. Irene B. Rosenfeld
Chairman and chief executive of Kraft Foods – USA
Rosenfeld was tapped in 2006 to helm Kraft. The first two years have been somewhat sticky, but Rosenfeld's three-year turnaround plan is showing some teeth. Last year Kraft delivered its best revenue growth since 2001, up 21% to $10.4 billion. Profits aren't yet up to par, but Rosenfeld, who holds a Ph.D. in marketing, plans to tackle those margins with higher prices, smaller portions and some surprising new gimmicks. The company's reformulation of the Oreo cookie with less sugar and a long, thin shape was a hit in China, raking in over $1 billion in sales last year.
7. Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of state – USA
Shoring up her legacy before the Bush administration leaves office, Rice continues to try for peace in the Middle East; the U.S. is cautiously engaging North Korea and trying to contain Iran. But her efforts are coming to naught around the world: In Pakistan, U.S. support for anti-al-Qaida ally Pervez Musharraf, who resigned, may have jeopardized ties with his successor; Russia is growing more autocratic; and her State Department has come under fire for its lax oversight of contractor Blackwater. Successes: ties with Japan, China and India have solidified.
Condy is still in the top 10 list. Condy will always be Condy. Yey Condy:
Dr. Condoleezza Rice - The Real Deal
8. Ho Ching
Chief executive of Temasek Holdings – Singapore
The wife of the prime minister of Singapore, Ho Ching has been credited with converting Temasek from a Singapore-focused firm to a leading investor in Asia. She earned accolades by making investments in Indian and Chinese telecoms and banks, and as a result, brought the portfolio to roughly $100 billion. Temasek has bought a 15% stake in Merrill Lynch since last December in the wake of the bank's write-downs. Another deal, Temasek's tax-free takeover of Shin Corp., one of Thailand's biggest telecom companies, sparked a wave of protests. The tax-free deal eventually led to the overthrow of Thailand's prime minister.
9. Anne Lauvergeon
Chief executive of Areva – France
Lauvergeon has seen her leadership tested this year with two leaks of nuclear fuel in France this summer—one of which tainted drinking water in the southeastern town where it occurred. The incidents raised renewed questions about the safety of nuclear power. It's tough timing for Areva—and many hard-pressed governments around the world—as energy prices had spurred a new look at nuclear power. Although she enjoys the public backing of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Lauvergeon's fate as chief executive may well hinge on her ability to quell fears about the fear of nuclear disaster.
10. Anne Mulcahy
Chairman and chief executive of Xerox Corp. – USA
Mulcahy, credited with pulling iconic copier manufacturer from the brink of financial collapse, is still winning praise for her remarkable turnaround effort. In June she became the first woman to be named by her peers as Chief Executive of the Year, an honor previously bestowed on the likes of Bill Gates and Jack Welch. But don't look for Long Island, N.Y., native Mulcahy to rest on any laurels. To fend off rivals Canon and Hewlett-Packard, she's doubled the software R&D budget to $1.5 billion and focused research efforts on color printing and eco-friendly technologies.
Now let us review some of the interesting names outside the top 10 list:
11. Gail Kelly
Chief executive and managing director of Westpac Bank – Australia
Last February, the 52-year-old native South African took over Westpac, Australia's third-largest bank. Kelly, who began her career as a bank teller, sparked controversy last May when she announced plans to merge the $37 billion (market cap) bank with her former employer, St. George Bank. Government regulators spent three months scrutinizing the deal before giving it the green light in August. Overshadowing the government's decision, however, is speculation that St. George may push for a higher offer after the bank reported that it expects to deliver cash earnings growth of between 6% and 8% this year.
13. Cristina Fernandez
President – Argentina
Argentina's first popularly elected woman president has had a rough start, with approval ratings falling to 20% due to unpopular taxes. In July, her own party forced her to revoke tax hikes on grain exports after four months of protests. Despite the setback, "Queen Cristina" will continue to fight an economic meltdown. A lawyer, senator and, most recently, first lady to previous president Nestor Kirchner, she is sometimes compared to the infamous Evita Peron.
Do you recall that last year I had predicted that Cristina Fernandez will make this year’s list?
Top 10 World's Most Powerful Women of 2007
Well she did! She had almost made the top 10 list! Congratulations to Cristina Fernandez.
17. Yulia Tymoshenko
Prime minister – Ukraine
Ukraine's first female prime minister returned in December after a tough election. Since then, GDP is growing at 6.4%, and inflation is zero. She is also promoting Ukraine's European prospects. But her party is losing ground while her opponent's remains stable, polls say. Tymoshenko was sacked in 2005 after only eight months, criticized for moves to re-privatize assets allegedly sold cheaply to billionaires. In 2001, on the outs with the government, she was arrested and dismissed.
21. Sonia Gandhi
President of Indian National Congress Party – India
Gandhi, the Italian-born leader of India's most powerful political party, the Indian National Congress Party, has by now assumed the role of elder stateswoman. Although she remains firmly at the head of the country's ruling party, a rising star, known by the single name Mayawati, is challenging Gandhi's position as the country's most powerful woman. Mayawati has aligned herself with the nationalist Hindu BJP party and joined its members in vociferously opposing Gandhi's party's historic agreement with the U.S. on nuclear cooperation.
30. Anne Sweeney
President of Disney - ABC Television Group – USA
Sweeney is responsible for Disney's entertainment and news properties. Negotiated groundbreaking deal with Apple's iTunes to make ABC hits available for download. Credited with the network's tween revolution, which propelled properties like Hannah Montana and High School Musical into multibillion-dollar international franchises. Helped turn the Disney Channel into a teen star incubator.
Yey Anne, she is still in the top 100. I like Anne, she is a great woman.
40. Melinda Gates
Co-founder and co-chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – USA
Melinda Gates, 44, now has a full-time husband to help out more with the couple's charitable efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to improve health care and education around the world, now boasts an endowment of $38.8 billion. This year the foundation launched the Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million initiative to help scientists around the globe pursue ideas that have never before been tested for solving major health problems. Gates also serves as a director of the Washington Post Co.
52. Tzipora Livni
Vice prime minister and minister of foreign affairs – Israel
Now that her boss, Ehud Olmert, has announced he will step down under scrutiny for corruption, Livni is in the running to be Israel's next prime minister. She backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian standoff and is working with the U.S. to get a framework by year's end. Livni is also on board with Israel's negotiations with Syria. Controversially, she supported July's prisoner-casualty swap with Hezbollah. Worked for the Mossad and as a corporate attorney before politics.
Tzipi is a bright and strong woman. I like Tzipi.
74. Mary McAleese
President – Ireland
Heads a strong economy: 5.3% GDP growth and a per-capita GDP that is the second highest in the European Union. Perhaps this drove Irish voters to say no to the new Lisbon Treaty in June threatening the alliance; a revote is in the works. Continues to push for peace with Northern Ireland. This year, accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Bertie Ahern in a financial scandal.
91. Christiane Amanpour
Chief international correspondent for CNN – USA
Award-winning correspondent has reported on nearly every major news story CNN has covered in recent years, including Hurricane Katrina, the first Iraqi elections and the bombings of the London subway and Madrid, Spain, trains. Also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the conflict in the Balkans and the first Persian Gulf war. Started her career at CNN in 1983 as a news assistant. Amanpour has a new documentary coming out later this year.
Christiane Amanpour as an Iranian American has made the top 100 list! At least she made the list! Far from top 10 but she is in. Congratulations to Christiane Amanpour.
We hope that in the near future, we can get the Allahic Virus (Islam) out of Iran, so our women will get a chance to compete in the world, yet under their own flag!
The Iranian Disease
We have no shortage of bright women in Iran, but unfortunately they have to offer their services to the foreign countries and help bloom the foreign countries’ economies rather than their own! Why is that? Because Islamic Republic of Iran is no place for the bright women to bloom and compete. Women in Islam are at best, 2nd class citizens and at worst, equal to property or cattle! Once the garbage of Islam leaves Iran, then our women can be once more relevant in the global level.
This will bring us to the end of our 2008 list. It is most interesting to read about how these movers and shakers had done it. I truly enjoy women with brains, vision and power. A dumb broad with shaky ass, can keep you focused for a limited time, once you’re done with the sexual aspect, it is all over; however, ladies of intellect and power can amuse you day in and day out. They can keep you focused with their company, for the rest of your lives!
Girls, girls, girls, MTV, TMZ, People Magazine, Iranian Tabloids and attending Shahram-e Gay’s concert can get you so far. Your alternative will be a bimbette on the stage or a bimbo on the spotlight! Train your minds and exercise your brains, self educate yourselves and sky will be the limit, the globe will be your stage and you will become a power house! Who knows, maybe one day we will see you in the top 10 list of most powerful women in the world!
See you next year …
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