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10 Most Successful Women in the World

by Nikos Alepidis

Here we have the list of the ten most successful women in the world. This list is compiled with the achievements of the women and their role in transforming the world from a position of power.

#10 Ginni Romerty

Ginni Romerty is the current CEO of IBM. She is also the first woman to become the CEO of the company. She joined IBM in 1981 and has risen through the ranks with great speed. She currently focuses on transforming the company to focus on the computers of the future.

#9 Marilyn Hewson

Marilyn Hewson is the current chair and CEO of Lockheed Martin. She has been in the Lockheed Corporation for more than three decades. She also holds several positions in other companies and ranks as one of the world’s most successful women.

#8 Ana Patricia Botin

Ana Patricia Botin is the current executive chair of Santander Group. Her family has held this position for at least four generations. She has also held several positions within the Santander Group. She earns more than €10MN every year. She is regarded as one of the world’s top bankers. She also has numerous awards such as the Award for Responsible Capitalism.

#7 Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki is the current Chief Executive Officer of YouTube. She has held this post since February 2014. She has numerous achievements in the tech space under her scarf. She is also considered to be instrumental in the founding of Google in 1999. Sergey Brin and Larry Page set up the first Google office in Wojcicki’s garage in 1999. She is also recognised as the company’s first marketing manager. She has an estimated worth of about half a billion dollars. She has brought numerous changes to YouTube and the company currently has a gender equality policy in place because of her. During her time as the CEO, the employment of women into YouTube has increased considerably. She is recognised as one of the most successful women in the world.

#6 Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is a philanthropist-extraordinaire and the wife of one of the world’s richest men. She is a co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This foundation is considered as the largest charity organisation in the world. She is currently one of the main proponents for women’s rights and gender equality. She has received numerous awards for her efforts in the development of impoverished economies. She has also received recognition for her philanthropic activities. She is listed by numerous rating organizations as one of the most influential women on the planet.

#5 Abigail Johnson

She is a billionaire and seasoned businesswoman. She is the president and CEO of Fidelity Investments and Fidelity International. She owns almost 25% stake at Fidelity Investment. Mrs. Johnson is also one of the richest women in the world with a net worth of about $16BN. She has received numerous awards and is ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world.

#4 Mary Barra

Mary Barra is the chair and CEO of the General Motors Company. She has been in this position for more than five years. She is also the first female to be the chair of a global auto brand. She began working for General Motors in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become the executive VP of the Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain. She is popular for overseeing the recall of over 30 million vehicles when the GM ignition switch was faulty in many of their products. She is also driving the company towards the driverless car space. She is currently among the highest paid executives with an annual salary of about $22M.

#3 Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde is a Frenchwoman synonymous with world finance for almost a decade. She is currently the President of the European Central Bank. This was after being the Chair and Managing Director of the IMF for more than eight years. Before her popularity in the European and world scene, she served as Minister of Commerce; Agriculture; Economy, Finance and Industry for four years in France for more than four years. She has numerous qualifications in finance, law and other fields. She is popular for being the driving force that saved the nation of Greece with repeated bailouts after the Global Economic crisis.

#2 Theresa May

Theresa May is still listed as the second on the list even after she left the office of Prime Minister of the UK in July 2019. She is a career politician that has been in the political landscape for more than two decades. She became popular worldwide when she became the second woman to hold the Premiership of the UK. She is also the fourth woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State in Britain. Before her ascension to the top political seat in the UK, she was the longest serving Home Secretary in the UK. She is also popular for overseeing the Brexit negotiations after former Prime Minister David Cameron, stepped down from his role after a leave vote won the British referendum.

#1 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany, the first female chancellor that attained the position after a coalition was formed by three major parties on the 22nd of November 2005. She has attained wide respect and admiration from all corners of the globe. She is also regarded as the unofficial leader of Europe. She has been in power for more than a decade and a half in Germany. This makes her the longest-serving head of a government in the EU. She rose to power through the ranks of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She has had a very busy political career since her youth. She has been a proponent for the European Union. In her tenure as chancellor, Germany has risen to become the major pillar that supports the EU, ahead of France and some other European nations. She has also eased the immigration laws further in her country and Germany is now one of the nations that process asylum applications for many refugees from war-torn nations.


Now we have seen the list of the world’s most successful women and their impact on the world. There are other notable women in the global landscape that have done a lot to change society. All successful businessmen and women find time to practice self-care. Learn more here about self-care for business professionals.

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