Rank Name Age   Country       Category           
1 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany

58 Germany Politics
2 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States

64 USA Politics
3 Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff, President, Brazil

64 Brazil Politics
4 Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

48 USA Humanitarian
5 Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, New York Times Co.

58 USA Media
6 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress, India

65 India Politics
7 Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, First Lady, United States

48 USA Politics
8 Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

56 France Humanitarian
9 Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, United States

54 USA Politics
10 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

42 USA Technology

The 2012 world most powerful women list continues here

Source: Forbes

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