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Nirmala Sitharaman in Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful women

For the third year in a row, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was named to Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. She is ranked 37th this year, up from 41st the previous year. She’s also two places ahead of Janet Yellen, her American counterpart.

In 2020, Sitharaman was ranked 41st, while in 2019, she was ranked 34th. India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is the country’s first full-time female finance minister.

Every year, the American business magazine Forbes publishes a list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. The magazine’s 18th annual list of power women included 40 CEOs this year, the highest since 2015, who “oversee a record $3.3 trillion in revenue,” according to the magazine. There were also 19 world leaders and an immunologist on the list.

For the first time in more than a decade, the list has a new number one, with philanthropist Mackenzie Scott replacing outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Kamala Harris, the US vice president, is ranked second, up one spot from last year. This year, the Indian-origin woman made history as the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in US history, as well as the first African-American and Asian-American vice presidents.

The president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, is ranked third.

HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra (52), and Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazundar-Shaw (72), are among the Indians on the list. Falguni Nayar, the founder of Nykaa, also made her debut at number 88.

Frances Haugen (100), a Facebook whistleblower, and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed are among the other significant names on the list (43).