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Okonjo-Iweala, Mo Abudu make Forbes’ 100 World’s Most Powerful Women list

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The Director-General, World Trade Orgainzation, Ngozi Okonji-Iweala, and media mogul, Mo Abudu, have made the Forbes’ list of 100 world’s most powerful women.

Okonjo-Iweala’s inclusion is proof of the great influence of her leadership and the important role she plays in reshaping the global scene.

The Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women for 2023 was released on Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

The list includes 100 women who have performed excellently well in various fields, such as business, media, politics, entertainment, and technology.

The list was compiled using four major parameters: spheres of influence, money, media, and impact.

Okonjo-Iweala, who has worked for the World Bank, Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance, and the World Trade Organisation, has been vocal about how economies can become more inclusive when women’s unique experiences are considered in economic planning.

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The magazine hails Abudu as a “media mogul and philanthropist.” With a slate of films that include Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, and The Wedding Party, she has changed the game in Nollywood as the founder of Ebony Life Media.

Currently, Abudu and Okonjo-Iweala are producing the documentary series Black, Brilliant and Bold for Netflix.

Music star, Taylor Swift also made the list, coming in fifth place and being the first woman on the list outside of politics and governance.

“With a record-breaking world tour, the ability to move economies, and a US$1.1 billion (RM5.1 billion) net worth, the 33-year-old entertainer ranks among the most influential women on the planet,” Forbes wrote of the pop star.

Singers, Beyonce and Rihanna also made the list.

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See full list here:

Rank: Name, Age, Location, Category

Ursula von der Leyen, 65, Belgium, Politics & Policy

Christine Lagarde, 67, Germany, Politics & Policy

Kamala Harris, 59, United States, Politics & Policy

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Giorgia Meloni, 46, Italy, Politics & Policy

Taylor Swift, 33, United States, Media & Entertainment

Karen Lynch, 59, United States, Business

Jane Fraser, 56, United States, Finance

Abigail Johnson, 61, United States, Finance

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Mary Barra, 61, United States, Business

Melinda French Gates, 59, United States, Philanthropy

Julie Sweet, 56, United States, Business

Kristalina Georgieva, 70, United States, Politics & Policy

MacKenzie Scott, 53, United States, Philanthropy

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Gail Boudreaux, 63, United States, Business

Emma Walmsley, 54, United Kingdom, Business

Ruth Porat, 66, United States, Technology

Safra Catz, 62, United States, Technology

Ana Patricia Botín, 63, Spain, Finance

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Carol Tomé, 66, United States, Business

Sandy Ran Xu, 46, China, Business

Kathryn McLay, 49, United States, Business

Sarah London, 43, United States, Business

Amy Hood, 51, United States, Technology

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Tarciana Paula Gomes Medeiros, 45, Brazil, Finance

Laurene Powell Jobs & family, 60, United States, Philanthropy

Catherine MacGregor, 51, France, Business

Janet Yellen, 77, United States, Politics & Policy

Gwynne Shotwell, 60, United States, Technology

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Phebe Novakovic, 66, United States, Business

Tsai Ing-wen, 67, Taiwan, Politics & Policy

Oprah Winfrey, 69, United States, Media & Entertainment

Nirmala Sitharaman, 64, India, Politics & Policy

Ho Ching, 70, Singapore, Finance

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Thasunda Brown Duckett, 50, United States, Finance

Marianne Lake, Jennifer Piepszak, United States, Finance

Beyoncé Knowles, 42, United States, Media & Entertainment

Shari Redstone, 69, United States, Media & Entertainment

Kathy Warden, 52, United States, Business

Dana Walden, 59, United States, Media & Entertainment

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Amanda Blanc, 56, United Kingdom, Business

Susan Li, 38, United States, Technology

Margherita Della Valle, 58, United Kingdom, Business

Adena Friedman, 54, United States, Finance

Mary Callahan Erdoes, 56, United States, Finance

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Lynn Martin, 47, United States, Finance

Sheikh Hasina Wajed, 76, Bangladesh, Politics & Policy

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, 61, Indonesia, Politics & Policy

Gina Rinehart, 69, Australia, Business

Lisa Su, 54, United States, Technology

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Vicki Hollub, 64, United States, Business

Nicke Widyawati, 55, Indonesia, Business

Shemara Wikramanayake, 61, Australia, Finance

Tricia Griffith, 59, United States, Business

Jessica Tan, 46, China, Business

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Judy Faulkner, 80, United States, Technology

Tokiko Shimizu, 58, Japan, Finance

Donna Langley, 55, United States, Media & Entertainment

Jennifer Salke, 59, United States, Media & Entertainment

Wang Laichun, 56, China, Technology

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Roshni Nadar Malhotra, 42, India, Technology

Jenny Johnson, 59, United States, Finance

Yuriko Koike, 71, Japan, Politics & Policy

Hana Al Rostamani, United Arab Emirates, Finance

Suzanne Scott, 57, United States, Media & Entertainment

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Lynn Good, 64, United States, Business

Sinead Gorman, 46, United Kingdom, Business

Bela Bajaria, 52, United States, Media & Entertainment

Belén Garijo, 63, Germany, Business

Melanie Kreis, 52, Germany, Business

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Soma Mondal, 60, India, Business

Paula Santilli, Mexico, Business

Mette Frederiksen, 46, Denmark, Politics & Policy

Joey Wat, 52, China, Business

Rihanna, 35, United States, Media & Entertainment

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield, 71, United States, Politics & Policy

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, 70, India, Business

Güler Sabanci, 68, Turkey, Business

Trudy Shan Dai, 47, China, Business

Debra Crew, 52, United Kingdom, Business

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Robyn Denholm, 60, Australia, Business

Solina Chau, 61, Hong Kong, Philanthropy

Lee Boo-jin, 53, South Korea, Business

Robyn Grew, 54, United Kingdom, Finance

Zuzana Caputova, 50, Slovakia, Politics & Policy

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Mary Meeker, 64, United States, Finance

Makiko Ono, 63, Japan, Business

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 69, Nigeria, Politics & Policy

Mpumi Madisa, 44, South Africa, Business

Melanie Perkins, 36, Australia, Business

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Dominique Senequier, 70, France, Finance

Raja Easa Al Gurg, United Arab Emirates, Business

Julia Gillard, 62, United Kingdom, Philanthropy

Samia Suluhu Hassan, 63, Tanzania, Politics & Policy

Xiomara Castro, 64, Honduras, Politics & Policy

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Kirsten Green, 52, United States, Finance

Choi Soo-yeon, 42, South Korea, Business

Jenny Lee, 51, Singapore, Finance

Mo Abudu, 59, Nigeria, Media & Entertainment

Mia Mottley, 58, Barbados, Politics & Policy

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Barbie, 64, USA, Media & Entertainment

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