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Two African presidents among Forbes 100 most powerful women in 2016


Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Mauritius president, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Nigeria’s business mogul Folorunsho Alakija occupy the 83rd, 96th and 80th slots respectively in the 2016 Forbes 100 world’s most powerful women.

Leading the pack for the 6th consecutive year is German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, followed by US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while the US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen occupies the third on the list.

Most powerful women:

1. Angela Merkel
2. Hillary Clinton
3. Janet Yellen#PowerWomenhttps://t.co/L90jiwn2dG pic.twitter.com/QcGz2ckOjM

— Forbes (@Forbes) June 6, 2016

The selection criteria like in previous years involved four metrics, money net worth, company revenues or GDP, media presence, spheres of influence and internal and external impact analyzed within the context of each woman’s field.

Chinese women also made their strongest showing in a list that had 51 out the 100 women come from the US.

New to this year's #PowerWomen list: Nobel Peace Prize winner Aun Sun Suu Kyi.
See the list: https://t.co/fdmtaPo2Rg pic.twitter.com/5U1zsPQwqG

— Forbes (@Forbes) June 7, 2016

Embattled Brazilian ex-president, Dilma Rousseff was a notable drop off from the list after she was impeached in May over allegations of violating budget laws, a charge she denies.

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