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Merkel no longer world's most powerful woman

The Local · 7 Oct 2010, 08:50

Published: 07 Oct 2010 08:50 GMT+02:00

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Merkel, who had held the number one spot for four years, dropped down to fourth place in the 2010 Forbes list, which is to be published Thursday.

Merkel came behind runner-up Kraft Foods Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld and the third-placed US media mogul and talk-show queen, Oprah Winfrey.

However she squeezed out US Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Clinton in fifth place.

The German Chancellor is widely thought to have had a mediocre year, despite being re-elected with a strong mandate last September. Her plunge in the power rating is likely to stem from the perception that under her leadership, Germany has stepped back from its traditional leadership role in Europe to focus more on national priorities.

In its brief profile of Merkel, Forbes made note of the persistent quarrelling within her coalition government.

The list of the 'World's 100 Most Powerful Women' also included corporate honchos such as India-born Pepsi Co chief Indra Nooyi and heads of state such the Queen of England.

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The only other German woman on the list was former model, Heidi Klum, in 39th spot.

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09:31 October 7, 2010 by freechoice
alot really, i remembered not too long ago, while the Republicans Ken Star were squeezing the balls of Clinton, 800,000 Rwanda got massacred...
09:43 October 7, 2010 by delvek
@ Freechoice, Funny, I didnt know it was Americas job to save Rwandans? There are about 100 countries off the top of my head that are in closer proximity, what were they doing?

I am not an Obama fan but regardless of that, really?!?! Michelle Obama the most powerful woman the world has to offer, sad day for women who should be recognized for their amazing work. Of all the first ladies Ms. Obama is probably the most retracted that I can recall.
12:38 October 7, 2010 by peter douglas
Tea party fanatic.
14:01 October 7, 2010 by hanskarl
Michelle Obama's influence is negligible compared to Frau Merkel.
14:03 October 7, 2010 by delvek
@ peterdouglas, haha, yea you got me peg!

I havent voted in years, why bother, my absentee ballot is counted ummm never.
14:13 October 7, 2010 by J-Dub
As if this is a suprise. Frau Merkel has certainly lost some support on many issues lately. But as for Mrs. Obama...she is certainly NOT the world's most powerful woman, but maybe the most 'stylish'. I am not an Obama supporter or hater, but I will say that the Obamas were the 'stylish' option in the last election. And with war in the world, Iran giving us nuclear headaches, tension in the Middle East, and unemployment excessive, it was a mighty fine time to become a person seeking a 'stylish' President. I would have to agree that Oprah Winfrey or even Hillary Clinton are two of the world's most powerful women ahead of Michelle Obama.
16:40 October 7, 2010 by raandy
@delvek,,you think Laura Bush was less retracted???
19:47 October 7, 2010 by SRaab
Jealous, Jealous, Jealous,
22:16 October 7, 2010 by veritas_69
LOL...sounds like a PR stunt to me. Michelle is a wannabe. Once Obama's single term ends, so will any supposed influence she has as well.
22:27 October 7, 2010 by delvek
@ raandy,

Laura Bush was retracted I agree, but I think Michelle is had done very little so far, just my perspective. Plus Laura Bush gets bonus points for being related to Mrs. Bush who was the star of that presidency.

Although Bush Sr. did do a fantastic job on the 1st Gulf War, coalition building knock out punch with a defined purpose accomplished. I may be partial because I was actually in that War. Still got to give him kudos for that.
02:07 October 8, 2010 by janreg58
Michelle is a power shopper and that's about it for her power. $$$$$
05:45 October 8, 2010 by proclusian
Okay, someone has to call out veritas_69 on that little piece of B.S. there, "Obama's single term."

Dream on veritas_69. Who are the Repubs going to put up? Palin? Gingrich? Romney? Please. It's like a field of dreams.

Care to put your money where your mouth is?
07:59 October 8, 2010 by delvek
Although I have no names to put forward the likely event of Obama winning in 2012 is very low. Whether he deserves it or not, he will get pounded and defeated (as any president would) in 2012.

I think you will see a VP change for him in 2012 which will signal the oh crap mode, but its not a dem / rep thing, he will take the hit, not much anyone can do about it.

Personally I dont like Obama, I dont think you can spend yourself out of a recession, the damage the spending has done will be felt long after I am gone.

@ proclusion, I am not sure who your pulling for, the selections on both sides have no interest in you, why do you defend them? Stand up to them all and demand better representation and term limits. That you can do together as Americans instead of dividing as dem / rep.
14:38 October 8, 2010 by Wise Up!
Publicity for Obama. It's election season and he needs a compliant press.
19:08 October 8, 2010 by veritas_69
@proclusian - I'm not sure who they will run, but at this point anyone is an improvement. Obama is a perfect example of why voters should look deeper than catchy phrases and slogans when choosing a President.

Oh, and I'll say it again...Michelle is a nobody wannabe.
18:38 October 9, 2010 by recherche
You cannot be serious! I am staggered at the trash that has been piled into the influential female list. I mean really. Are these articles to be taken seriously. There is no doubt that Merkel is by far the most influential and the most significant female on the planet. As a matter of fact, I would like to nominate Cleopatra as the second most influential female after Merkel. Although I quite liked Thatcher's attitude. I thought she was pro-European.
16:57 October 10, 2010 by AirForceGuy
What a crock...!
02:39 October 11, 2010 by Bishopbayern
Michelle Obama! that walking clothes horse! never,Angela could mop the floor with that mouth piece,
03:45 October 14, 2010 by kreese
This is a sad day!
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