They are the forces that stand behind some of the most influential names in the world, some know them to be soft-hearted others think they are just rich and powerful but one thing that will forever be is the fact that these women are movers and shakers in their own way. and yes don’t forget to check our previous updates of other articles.Well, In this article, we will let you in on the strongest woman in the world what makes them strong and why they are so known.
1. Angela Dorothea Merkel
The strongest woman on our list has to be non-other than Angela Dorothea Merkel, born 17 July 1954. Angela is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and leader of the Centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000; since October 24th, 2017 she and her Cabinet continue as acting governor until a new government is formed. Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the Strongest woman in the world, and the leader of the Free World. Merkel was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in 1954, in Hamburg, West Germany, the daughter of Horst Kasner a Lutheran pastor and a native of Berlin, and his wife Herlind, born in 1928 in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland), a teacher of English and Latin. She has two younger siblings, her brother Marcus Kasner, a physicist, and her sister Irene Kasner, an occupational therapist. In her childhood and youth, Merkel was known among her peers by the nickname “Kasi”, derived from her last name Kasner. In 1977 at the age of 23, Angela Kasner married physics student Ulrich Merkel and took his surname. The marriage ended in divorce in 1982. Her second and current husband is a quantum chemist and Professor Joachim Sauer, who has largely remained out of the media spotlight. They first met in 1981, became a couple later and married privately on 30 December 1998.In May 2016, Fortune magazine estimated her net value at $3.9 billion (£2.9 billion).some magazines also sat her in the first position in the strongest woman list
Theresa Mary May born 1st October 1956 is a British politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2016. without her, our list of strongest woman couldn’t be completed.She was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Maidenhead in the general election of 1997. Ideologically, she identifies herself as a one-nation conservative. May grew up in Oxford shire. From 1977 until 1983, she worked for the Bank of England, and from 1985 until 1997 at the Association for Payment Clearing Services, also serving as a counselor for Durnsford in Merton. After unsuccessful attempts to be elected to the House of Commons in 1992 and 1994, she was elected as the MP for Maidenhead in the 1997 general election. From 1999 to 2010, May held a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinets of William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard, and David Cameron, including Shadow Transport Secretary and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. according to Forbes magazine, she is in the second position in the strongest woman list.She was also Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2002 to 2003.May has been married to Philip May, an investment banker currently employed by Capital International, since 6 September 1980; the couple has no children. It is widely believed that former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto introduced the two during their time at Oxford.May has expressed regret that she and her husband were not able to have children.According to a business journal in the UK, the Prime Minister earns an annual salary of £143,462 and owns a home in London worth £1million with her husband Philip, as well as a home in Berkshire estimated at £600,000. She has been an MP for Maidenhead since 1997, so alongside her reported £143,462 annual salary, she gets a further £65,737. Her net worth is reportedly £2 million.
3. Melinda Ann Gates
The third one of the strongest woman on the list has to be Melinda Ann Gates born August 15, 1964, Melinda is an American philanthropist, former Microsoft employee, and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft, where she was project manager for Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.Melinda Ann French was in Dallas, Texas. She is the second of four children to Raymond Joseph French Jr., an aerospace engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. Melinda has an older sister and two younger brothers. Melinda, a Roman Catholic, attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987. She met Bill Gates while working at Microsoft. In 1994, she married Gates in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii. She had her husband are worth a combined US$85.7billion.Forbes has given her 3rd position on the strongest woman in the world list
4.Sheryl Kara Sandberg
Sheryl Kara Sandberg born August 28, 1969, makes 4th on the list. An American technology executive, activist, author& also one of the 4th strongest woman in the world. She is the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org (also known as the Lean In Foundation). In June 2012, she was elected to the board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. Before she joined Facebook as its COO, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and was involved in launching Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org. Before Google, Sandberg served as chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers.Sandberg was born in Washington, D.C. to a Jewish family, the daughter of Adele (née Einhorn) and Joel Sandberg, and the oldest of three children. Her father is an ophthalmologist and her mother was a college teacher of French language.In 2012, she was named in the Time magazine one of 100 most influential people in the world. As of June 2015, Sandberg is reported to be worth over US$1 billion, due to her stock holdings in Facebook and other companies. Currently, she earns US$15.5 annually and is worth a combined US$1.61billion as of January 2018. Forbes Magzine also placed her in 4th position in his strongest woman list.
5.Mary Teresa Barra
Mary Teresa Barra born December 24, 1961, is the Chairman and CEO of General Motors Company. Holding the CEO position since January 15, 2014, and she is the first female CEO of a major global automaker & placed herself in 5th position in the strongest woman list. On December 10, 2013, GM named her to succeed Dan Akerson as Chief Executive Officer, and prior to that, Barra served as the Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors. Barra was born in Royal Oak, Michigan. Her father, Ray Mäkelä, worked as a die maker at Pontiac for 39 years. Barra’s parents are of Finnish descent. Barra attended Waterford schools in Waterford, Michigan. She is a graduate of Waterford Mott High School.Barra graduated from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. She then attended Stanford Graduate School of Business on a GM fellowship, receiving her Masters in Business Administration degree in 1990.Barra is married to consultant Tony Barra, whom she met while studying at Kettering University, and has two children.The family lives in Northville, a suburb of Detroit.General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s compensation for 2015 rose 72% from the prior year to $28 million as she guided the company to record profits. Her compensation, including pension and perks, was $28.6 million.
6.Susan Diane Wojcicki
Susan Diane Wojcicki born July 5, 1968, is an American technology executive. Wojcicki is the daughter of Esther Wojcicki, an educator of Russian-Jewish descent, and Stanley Wojcicki, a Polish American physics professor at Stanford University.she comes in the 6th position of Strongest woman in the world..She has two sisters: Janet Wojcicki, (Ph.D., anthropologist and epidemiologist) and Anne Wojcicki, founder of 23andMe. She grew up on the Stanford campus. She attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and wrote for the school newspaper.Wojcicki’s first business was selling “spice ropes” door-to-door at age 11. A humanities major in college, she took her first computer science class as a senior. Wojcicki studied history and literature at Harvard University and graduated with honors in 1990. She also received her Master’s of Science in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993 and a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998. She has been the CEO of YouTube since February 2014 and has a net worth of $410 million.
Abigail Pierrepont “Abby” Johnson is 7th on the list. Abigail born December 19, 1961, is an American businesswoman. Since 2014, Johnson is president and chief executive officer of US investment firm Fidelity Investments (FMR) and chairwoman of its international sister company Fidelity International (FIL). Fidelity was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II. Her father Edward C. “Ned” Johnson III remains chairman emeritus of FMR. As of March 2013, the Johnson family owned a 49% stake in the company.Johnson graduated from Hobart and William Smith with a bachelor of arts degree in art history in 1984. After a brief stint as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton from 1985–86, Johnson completed an MBA at Harvard Business School and joined Fidelity—which her grandfather Edward Johnson II founded in 1946 as an analyst and portfolio manager in 1988. She was promoted to an executive role in Fidelity Management and Research (FMR) in 1997 and has since held various senior executive posts inside FMR, Fidelity Institutional Retirement Services and Fidelity Investments. She was named the president in August 2012. In October 2014, Johnson was named to the additional post of chief executive of Fidelity Investments.In November 2016, Johnson was named the chairman and will remain CEO and president, giving her full control of Fidelity with 45,000 employees worldwide. Johnson’s wealth is approximately $14 billion, making her one of the world’s wealthiest &strongest woman with a net worth of 19.8billion USD as of 2017.
8. Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde
coming up on the 8th spot is Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde born 1 January 1956. A French lawyer and politician who has been the Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 5 July 2011.she has held various ministerial posts in the French government, she was Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Employment from June 2007- June 2011, Minister of Agriculture and Fishing from may 2007- June 2007 and Minister of Trade from June 2005-may 2007 in the government of Dominique de Villepin. Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first strongest woman to head the IMF. Born in Paris, France, into a family of scholars. Her father, Robert Lallouette, was a Professor of English; her mother, Nicole (Carré), was a Latin, Greek and French literature teacher. Lagarde and her three brothers, all younger, spent their childhood in Le Havre where she attended the Lycée François 1er and Lycée Claude Monet. During her year in America, Lagarde worked as an intern at the United States Capitol, as Representative William Cohen’s congressional assistant, helping him correspond with his French-speaking constituents during the Watergate hearings. She graduated from Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, where she obtained Master’s degrees in English, labor law, and social law. She also holds a master’s degree from the Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence. She was also the first female lawyer who served as the Chairman of Baker & McKenzie, an international law firm based in Chicago. Currently, Christine Lagarde is estimated to be worth $4 million.
9.Ana Patricia (Botín-Sanz de Sautuola O’Shea)
Ana Patricia Botín-Sanz de Sautuola O’Shea, DBE born 4 October 1960 is a Spanish banker. On 10 September 2014, she was appointed executive chairwoman of Santander Group, the fourth generation of the Botín family to hold this role. Prior to this, she was CEO of Santander UK, a role she held from December 2010.In 1983, Ana married fellow banker Guillermo Morenés Mariátegui, son of the Marquis of Borghetto, a wealthy landowner. They have three children: Felipe Morenés Botín, Javier Morenés Botín, and Pablo Morenés Botín. Her net worth as of 2017 stands at $135m USD.
10.Virginia Marie “Ginni” Rometty
Born July 29, 1957, Virginia Marie “Ginni” Rometty an American business executive who is also the current chairman, president, and CEO of IBM, and the first woman to head the company. Before becoming president and CEO in January 2012, she held the positions of senior vice president and group executive for sales, marketing, and strategy at IBM. She joined IBM as a systems engineer in 1981. The 60 years old was born in Illinois, Chicago. She is oldest of four children. when she was fifteen years old her father left and her mother had to work multiple jobs to support her and her siblings. Rometty graduated from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in 1979 with high honors, receiving a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering.Rometty married Mark Anthony Rometty, a principal investor in the Bam Oil Company, who she met at General Motors while working there for two years after college. They have been married for 37 years and the couple has no children. Rometty draws an annual salary of approximately $33 Million and has an estimated net worth of approximately of $45 Million.