Three new British entrants last night made it onto Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.
Bank of England deputy governor Minouche Shafik, Guardian editor Katharine Viner and Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley made it onto a list at 66th, 80th, 58th places respectively. They joined Queen Elizabeth II who was 41st on the list, and has featured on it every year since its inception 11 years ago.
The list is made up mostly of top ranking policy makers and high-flying business leaders, but also includes well-known celebrities such as Taylor Swift, who makes her first appearance in 64th place.
German leader Angela Merkel – who has in the last year had to deal with the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Greek debt problems, as well as keeping the Eurozone together – topped the ranking for the fifth consecutive year.
The rest of the top 10 were US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, philanthropist Melinda Gates, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen, General Motors boss Mary Barra, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Facebook chief executive Sheryl Sandberg, Youtube boss Susan Wojcicki and US first lady Michelle Obama.