Forbes….. This year’s No. 1 in the ranking, German Chancellor Angela Merkel–recognized as the “undisputed” leader of the EU–is key to curing what ails the euro zone. As the Arab spring turns into the autocrats’ summer, No. 2-ranked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provides encouragement to dissidents.
Europe is in debt crisis, the Middle East is shaking and there’s market panic at home. It is against this backdrop that we present the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The women on this list were chosen not just for being on top but for being smack in the middle of Richter-registering events–and more. Their power derives from money and might, yes, but also (thanks to old, new and social media) reach and influence.. Read more….