Jacinda Ardern swoops in at 29 on Forbes Most Powerful Women in the World List

News 05/12/2018

Our boss ass Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been named the 29th most powerful woman in the world.

The annual list, released by Forbes,

celebrates the icons, innovators and instigators who are using their voice to change power structures and create a lasting impact.

Ms Ardern slides into the list above Australia's richest citizen, Gina Rinehart, at 30, and popstar Beyoncé Knowles, at 50.

This year Aunty Cindy is the only New Zealander on the list. Last year she was named the 13th most powerful woman in global politics by Forbes. Yeow!

The business magazine said on its website that Ms Ardern "set new norms as a government leader" when she gave birth to baby Neve earlier this year and announced her partner Clarke Gayford would be a stay-at-home father.

"She is using her platform to 'create a path for other women' to follow in her footsteps."

They also cited her age, at 38 she is the youngest female leader in the world and New Zealand's youngest leader in 150 years.

Top 30 most powerful women in the world according to Forbes:

  1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany
  2. Theresa May, Prime Minister, UK
  3. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF
  4. Mary Marra, CEO, General Motors
  5. Abigail Johnson, CEO, Fidelity Investments
  6. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  7. Susan Wojcicki, CEO, Youtube
  8. Ana Patricia Botín, Chair and Executive Director, Banco Santander
  9. Marillyn Hewson, CEO, Lockheed Martin
  10. Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM
  11. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
  12. Gail Boudreaux, President and CEO, Anthem
  13. Angela Ahrendts, SVP, Retail, Apple
  14. Safra Catz, Co-CEO, Oracle
  15. Isabelle Kocher, CEO, ENGIE
  16. Adena Friedman, President and CEO, NASDAQ
  17. Ho Ching, Exec. Director and CEO, Temasek
  18. Emma Walmsley, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
  19. U.S. Supreme Court Justices
  20. Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur, Personality, Philanthropist
  21. Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO, Alphabet
  22. Laurene Powell Jobs and family, Founder and President, Emerson Collective
  23. Queen Elizabeth II, Monarch, United Kingdom
  24. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, The White House, United States
  25. Phebe Novakovic, CEO, General Dynamics
  26. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister, Bangladesh
  27. Stacey Cunningham, President, NYSE Group
  28. Amy Hood, EVP and CFO, Microsoft
  29. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand
  30. Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting