The Most Powerful Women of 2012

It's that time again!

Forbes has released its list of the world's 100 most powerful women, and we're all over it. There's nothing we love more than seeing women change the world for the better, and that's practically a requirement to become one of the world's most powerful.

Below, you'll find the top five most powerful women in the world, as ranked by Forbes. Not included are the other 95 forces of nature, who are making their mark in areas such as:

  • The CEO suite: Marissa Mayer of Yahoo! (#21), Meg Whitman of HP (#18), Virginia Rometty at IBM (#15) and Rosalind Brewer at Sam's Club (#50)
  • Tech: Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook (#10) and Susan Wojcicki of Google (#25)
  • Entrepreneurship: Oprah (#11), Arianna Huffington (#29) and Diane von Furstenberg (#33)
  • Nonprofits, NGOs and global affairs: Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund (#8), Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization (#37) and Laurene Powell-Jobs, founder of the Emerson Collective, which works to leverage entrepreneurship for social reform (#49)

And, of course there are celebs and media powerhouses such as Gisele Bundchen, J.K. Rowling, Sofia Vergara, Angelina Jolie, Christine Amanpour, Anna Wintour and Ellen DeGeneres.

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