#6 Sonia Gandhi President, Indian National Congress, India Age 65 Forbes says, "Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving chief in the Indian National Congress Party history, has had to defend herself and the party after a spate of key assembly elections this year, blaming the drubbing on weak candidates and state party organizations. Lauded for overseeing heavy economic growth, she is also criticized for tolerating political corruption and failing to forge connections with India's fastest-growing demographic--younger voters."
#12 Indra Nooyi Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo Age: 56 Forbes says, "This superstar CEO last year returned USD 5.6 billion to shareholders, when PepsiCo net revenue grew 14% to USD 66 billion. This year, Nooyi cut 3% of PepsiCo's global workforce to reduce costs and upped the marketing budget for core brands by USD 500 to USD 600 million, or 15%.
# 58 Padmasree Warrior Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco Systems Age: 51 Forbes says, "As Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the largest maker of computer-networking gear, Warrior is responsible for all deals activity as one of the most acquisitive firms in technology reconfigures its business strategy. She took on the expanded role in June, after five years as CTO, and insiders say the move could indicate she's being groomed for the top spot."
#59 Chanda Kochhar Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank Age: 50 Forbes says. "Chanda Kochhar is the first woman to run ICICI Bank, the second-largest lender in India.In 2009, she became its youngest CEO at age 47. In addition to ICICI's board, she is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry, the US-India CEO Forum, and the Indian School of Business and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations boards."
# 80 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Founder, Chair, Biocon Ltd. Age: 59 Forbes says, "India's first biotech entrepreneur, founded Biocon in 1978 at just 25 years old after partnering with an Irish firm to create industrial enzymes. Shaw was recognized as India's Global Woman of the Year by Asia's healthcare magazine Pharmaleaders."
A look at world's most powerful women. German chancellor Angela Merkel occupied the spot of the world's most powerful woman for the second year in a row. Calling her the "Iron Lady" of Europe, Forbes said she is the lead player in the eurozone economic drama that continues to threaten global markets. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been ranked second in the list, followed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at number three, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson at 5 and Obama at 7. Among the other power women making it to list is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at number 10, media mogul Oprah Winfrey at 11, singer Lady Gaga at rank 14, Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (19), newly appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (21), UK's Queen Elizabeth (26), Harvard University President Drew Faust (63), actress Angelina Jolie (66) and British author J K Rowling (78).