Merkel tops Forbes’ female power list


German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women for the third consecutive year, followed by Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, the magazine said Wednesday.

They were followed by Melinda Gates — who cochairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her billionaire philanthropist husband — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The annual list includes influential women in global politics, business, media, entertainment, technology and nonprofits — ranking them by “money, media presence and impact,” according to the business magazine.

Others ranked high on the list include Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman (No. 15) — the subject of the cover story — as well as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 6) and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 32).