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Thursday August 23, 2012

Latinas on Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women” in 2012- Rousseff Takes the Cover

Latinas on Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women” in 2012- Rousseff Takes the Cover

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Forbes has released their 9th annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, with a number of Latinas making the list.

Nabbing both the cover and the No. 3 spot on the list is President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil.

Other Latinas who made the list, which was topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, include:

No. 16- President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina
No. 20- Maria das Gracas Silva Foster, oil CEO of Petrobras-Petroleo Brasil
No. 38- Jennifer Lopez, Puerto Rican/American entertainer and entrepreneur
No. 40- Shakira (Mebarak), Colombian singer and philanthropist
No. 54- Rosalia Mera, billionaire philanthropist out of Spain
No. 75- Sofia Vergara, Colombian actress (Modern Family) and entrepreneur
No. 83- Gisele Bündchen, Brazillian super model, ambassador, UN Environmental Program Goodwill Ambassador

ImageMembers of the 2012 ranking represent women in technology (a new category this year), politics, business, media, entertainment,  non-profits, as well as billionaires – all ranked by money, media presence and impact. The 25 CEOs alone oversee companies with $984 billion in revenues.  The women represent 28 countries, have an average age of 55, and a combined 90 million Twitter followers. 

“This year’s Power Women exert influence in very different ways, and to very different ends, and all with very different impacts on the global community,” said Moira Forbes, President & Publisher, ForbesWoman. “Whether leading multi-billion-dollar companies, governing countries, shaping the cultural fabric of our lives, or spearheading humanitarian initiatives, collectively these women are changing the planet in profoundly powerful and dynamic ways.” 

Sixteen women join the list for the first time, including: Brazilian CEO Maria das Gracas Silva Foster of Petrobras (No. 20); Entertainer Jennifer Lopez (No. 38); Billionaire Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs (No. 49); and WikiMedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner (No. 70).  Twenty-one women dropped off list this year, including Sallie Krawcheck, Carol Bartz and Michele Bachmann.

Entertainer Lady Gaga (No. 14) is the youngest on the list, at age 26; Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (No. 26) is the oldest at 86.  In her most recent sit-down interview with the media, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano (No. 9), is interviewed by Moira Forbes about her career, culture, what keeps her up at night, and much more.  This and more video interviews are available on Forbes.com.