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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Finance Minister is Forbes’ 83rd Most Powerful Woman in the World | See Who Else Made the List



Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during a media briefing in Pretoria

Today Wednesday 22nd May 2013, Forbes released its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women.

According to Forbes, the list is made up of 100 women who made the most impact. They include top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister also makes the power list. The 58 year old Harvard-educated finance minister who has spent one year in office after a failed bid for the World Bank presidency, moves down from the 81st position to the 83rd.

Joyce Banda, President of Malawi is up from the 71st position to the 47th and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia also makes the list. She is at the 87th position, down 5 from last year.

On the international level, Angela Makel, a German chancellor and a member of the 27-member European Union retains the number one slot.

Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil), Melinda Gates (Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Michelle Obama (FLOTUS – First Lady of the United States) and Hilary Clinton round up the first five list. Ranking 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

And the most powerful global celebrities are musician/actress Beyonce Knowles Carter, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actress Angelina Jolie, actress Sofia Vergara, musician Lady Gaga, TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, musician Shakira Mebarak, author J.K Rowling and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

To see the full list, CLICK HERE


  1. aiphee

    May 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Niceee seeing Sofia Vergara on the list!Accomplished women.

  2. Mma

    May 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Very impressive!

  3. Comfort

    May 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I am so inspired…I only wish we could see more African women on that list sometime soon 🙂

  4. gistyinka blog

    May 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    she deserve it…

  5. sarafina

    May 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Great women! So proud

  6. comment awaiting moderation!

    May 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    83rd? Hell no! And to tink this is women forbe’s list!

  7. Aryah

    May 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Chei! Cheeeeeiiiiiii!!
    Baba God, remember me nah. Abeg.
    Our Ngozi! Chei chei chei! God is too good.

  8. Miss Bonnie

    May 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Ginni Rometty , CEO IBM. Number 12. I’m gonna be better than her when I’m her age. AMEN!!!!

  9. madman

    May 23, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Ngozi has missed the moment to make any kind of real impact in Nigeria.

    • baba

      May 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Her impact is being felt. She is trying her best to ensure that the economy is back on good standing. God bless Ngozi. Congrat Ngozi

  10. NNENNE

    May 23, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Congratulations. Your best is yet to come.

  11. pynk

    May 23, 2013 at 10:34 am


  12. dr... lash

    May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

    i can only imagine my name on that list. God help me. congrats aunty ngozi

  13. obitalk

    May 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    yeye list almost everyone there is american UK didnt even have mouth on this list let alone west african nations. kmt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. dede

    May 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    how many German Chancellor’s are there?

  15. Dee-USA

    May 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    You would think there’d be a concerted attempt to get the No. 1 person’s name right. There’s a reason she’s number one. I won’t bother putting the right name, I’m sure it can easily be found. She’s THE German Chancellor.

  16. Michelle Kiggins

    May 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    As a “Woman Entrepreneur” I know it is difficult today in the world we live in to raise a family, grow a business and be self-sufficient! Women today have to do this in a manner that keep us looking more or less obscure to the criteria that we should work as hard as men! Social Media is paving the way for women–use it! 🙂

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