Nirmala Sitharaman, 5 Other Indians Among Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women
Six Indians made it onto Forbes’ annual list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, including Nykaa creator Falguni Nayar, Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Ms. Sitharaman, ranked at number 36, has appeared on the list four times in a row. The 63-year-old minister was rated 37th on the list in 2021, after placing at 41st in 2020 and 34th in 2019.
The other Indians to feature on the list are HCLTech Chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra (rank: 53), Securities And Exchange Board Of India (SEBI) Chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch (rank: 54), and Steel Authority Of India Chairperson Soma Mondal (rank: 67).
The 19th annual Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women features European Commission President Ms. Ursula von der Leyen at the top for her leadership throughout the Ukraine war and her management of the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Her influence is unique – no one else on the list formulates policy on behalf of 450 million people – but her commitment to a free and democratic society is not. Von der Leyen is just one face of the biggest storyline of 2022: women acting as stalwarts for democracy,” the website underlined.
President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde is ranked second, and US Vice President Kamala Harris is ranked third.
Iran’s Jina “Mahsa” Amini has posthumously entered the influential list at position 100. In the Islamic country, an unprecedented women-led revolt for their rights was launched by her murder in September.
Last year, Ms. Malhotra, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw, and Ms. Nayar all placed on the prestigious list at positions 52, 72, and 88, respectively.
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