The World's Most Powerful Women

Forbes released its list of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. The list has some surprises - like Michelle Obama topping Oprah Winfrey. Check out these highlights.

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Forbes released its list of Most Powerful Women in the World. The list has some surprises - like Michelle Obama topping Oprah Winfrey.
First Lady Michelle Obama debuts on the Forbes "100 Most Powerful Women" list at number 40. Whether it's impacting fashion or the way families eat, this Harvard-educated lawyer is now considered by Forbes to be more powerful than Oprah Winfrey.
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She may have fallen from number 36 to 41, but that doesn't mean Oprah Winfrey is losing steam. The talk show host is set to launch a new television network next year, and has her magazine, radio show and website to keep her busy in the meantime.
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Topping the list for the second time is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Often seen at the side of the world's most powerful leaders, Merkel will be seeking a second term at the end of September.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made the list at number 35, ahead of both Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. How's that for powerful? As the country's highest-ranking elected female leader, Pelosi is currently working with the president on reforming the nation's health care.
Coming in at number 36 is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Despite having once been a First Lady herself, Clinton has managed to separate her identity from that of her husband's by becoming a force in Washington.
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Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor debuts on the list at number 55. As the first Hispanic justice, Sotomayor survived intense scrutiny by Republicans to make the cut.
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At number 76, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan is the complete package. Not only is she beautiful and charitable - constantly campaigning for human rights - but she twitters, too. Queen Ramia has embraced technology and aside from twittering, also uses Facebook and YouTube.
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While Forbes estimates her fortune to be at around $450 million, Queen Elizabeth II of England has no plans to retire. Coming in at number 42, the 83-year-old monarch is as active as ever, keeping a full schedule. Click on for more highlights from the "Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women" list.
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#13: Sonia Ghandi, President of the Indian National Congress Party
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#25: Andrea Jung, Chairman & CEO Avon Products, Inc.
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#34: Melinda Gates, Co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
#48: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
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#49: Janet Robinson, Chief Executive of The New York Times
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#51: Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
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#55: Mary Schapiro, Chairman Securities & Exchange Commission
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#56: Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
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