The latest rating list was published by the "Forbes" magazine yesterday. The preceding two years it had been topped by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In the new list she has come out second.
Curiously, previously Angela Merkel did not feature in the "Forbes" list at all. The third topmost lady on the list is Chinese vice-premier and health minister Wu Yi, who was second last year.
The rest of the top 10 are business executives, topped by the chief executive-designate of PepsiCo, Indian-born and educated Indra Nooyi.