Four Indian women, including State Bank of India Managing director Arundhati Bhattacharya and ICICI Bank Managing director Chanda Kochhar, were named in the new list of Forbes' world's 100 most powerful women.
Arundhati Bhattacharya. Pic/AFP
The Forbes '100 Most Powerful Women' in the world list 2016, was topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It also includes PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi, Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and HT Media head Shobhana Bhartia.
Chanda Kochhar. Pic/AFP
Forbes said this year's most powerful women are the smartest and toughest female business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs making their mark in the world today.
"They're women who are building billion-dollar brands, calling the shots in the financial markets, and crisscrossing the globe to broker international agreements and provide aid," the magazine said.
Bhattacharya, 60 is ranked 25th on the list while Kochhar comes in on the 40th spot. Mazumdar-Shaw is ranked 77th while Bhartia is ranked 93rd on the list.
The list also includes Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the second spot, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (3), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (7), US First Lady Michelle Obama (13), Indra Nooyi (14), Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (26), Queen Elizabeth II (29), Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (36), Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari (52) and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova (89).