Forbes has listed Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the 44th most powerful woman in politics for 2014. She climbed up 39 places to occupy the new position.
Top on the list is the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel who has led her country since 2005. With a GDP of about $ 3.4 billion, Merkel heads the country with one of the biggest economies in the world.
Second on the list is Janet Yellen, the Chair of the U.S Federal Reserve. Her position puts her in charge of the most influential central bank in the world, thanks to the Federal Reserves $ 4 trillion in assets and the United States GDP which is over four times that amount.
Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil is listed in the 4th position while Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States occupies the 8th position. English monarch, Queen Elizabeth is listed as number 35.
Joyce Banda, Malawi’s first female President occupies the 40th position while her Liberian counterpart, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is number 70.