The World's Most Powerful Women

With great power comes great responsibility. Knowledge is power. Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

Power is something we think about. A lot. And powerful women - that inspire, lead and fight, no matter their position - are women we rightly admire. 

Forbes' annual ranking of the World's Most Powerful Women pulls together the world's most extraordinary women, based on visibility and economic impact, and German chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the table nine times in the past decade.

From world leaders to pop icons, here is a selection of the world's - and Europe's - most powerful women, each making an impact in her own way.  

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