Forbes's 100 Most Powerful Women list included such diverse achievers as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, media personality Oprah Winfrey, philanthropist Melinda Gates and Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of Harvard, states Forbes.com. Queen Elizabeth II was also featured.
Nineteen newcomers were featured on the list in 2015. They included Google CFO Ruth Porat and pop singer Taylor Swift. Female entrepreneurs also made a strong showing. Fashion moguls Piuccia Prada, Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg shared honors with Chinese real estate investor Zhang Xin and Alibaba founder Lucy Peng, Forbes reports.
The list included 15 billionaires, eight heads of state and 24 chief executive officers, according to CBS News. Collectively, the women on the list control $1 trillion in global revenue.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel garnered the top spot on the list. Forbes notes that Merkel is the longest-serving elected head of state in the European Union. She revived German's flagging economy and has demonstrated skill in diplomatic negotiations and foreign relations.
First Lady Michelle Obama ranked number 10 on the list. She has received attention for her advocacy in the fields of homelessness, school nutrition and education for young women, notes Forbes.