World's Most Powerful Women 2023: Roshni Nadar, Nirmala, Kamala Harris, Ursula, Taylor Swift, More

A look into the list of the most powerful women of the year 2023 who broke the headlines and inspired billions across the world with their respective work.


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World's Most Powerful Women 2023: Roshni Nadar, Nirmala, Kamala Harris, Ursula, Taylor Swift, More

Just like every year, 2023 also saw a series of women creating history and inspiring billions of people across the globe with their achievements. Whether we talk about sports, business, philanthropy, global affairs, politics, or beyond, women continue to thrive at the top level.

Forbes also released the List of the World's Most Powerful Women for the year 2023, and it's incredible how we saw a sudden rise in the number of women taking global leadership into their hands. From Taylor Swift's Eras Tour boosting the U.S. economy by over 5 billion USD to Italy's Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, becoming a global sensation after the G-20 summit in India, several women have made an impact globally.

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As a result, today, we are going to talk about some of the most powerful women of the year 2023. Apart from so many foreigners, many Indian women on the list have made their mark on the global stage. So, without further ado, let's get straight into the list of Forbes -The Most Powerful Women 2023.

#1. Ursula von der Leyen - President of the European Commission, European Union

Ursula von der Leyen is the woman whose one decision can affect the lives of more than 450 million Europeans, as she is the President of the European Commission, which is the executive branch of the European Union. Termed by Forbes as the most powerful woman in the world of the year 2023, Ursula is right up there handling all the strings at once. She became the first woman to hold this position when she took it in July 2019.

#2. Christine Lagarde - President of the European Central Bank

Christine Lagarde is the first woman ever to head the esteemed position of the President of the European Central Bank. It was a remarkable moment for women across the globe as it reverbed the message of women empowerment loud and clear across borders. She is the second most powerful woman in the world in the year 2023, and we hope she continues to inspire everyone with her financial tactics.

#3. Kamala Harris - Vice President of the United States

It was back on January 20, 2021, when Kamala Harris became the first woman, the first black woman, and the first South Asian American to become the Vice President of the United States of America. Even before taking up the position, the renowned politician was an influential figure across the world, courtesy of her thoughts and philosophies on a series of issues. According to Forbes list, Kamala is the third most powerful woman in the world.

#4. Giorgia Meloni - Prime Minister of Italy

Ranked as the 4th most powerful woman in the world for 2023, Giorgia Meloni became a sensation on social media courtesy of her mark at the G-20 Summit held in India. The Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia is the first woman in the country's history to hold this position. Apart from this, she is also the President of the renowned party, Brothers of Italy.

#5. Taylor Swift - Musician

The global musician, Taylor Swift wrote a new chapter in the entertainment industry when she became the first musician in the world to become a billionaire solely through the earnings she made from her live performances and music. Apart from this, Taylor's Eras Tour was also a massive financial success for the musician, who created history by boosting the U.S. economy by over 5 billion USD. As a result, Taylor is ranked 5th on the Forbes List of Most Powerful Women 2023.

#6. Karen Lynch - CEO of CVS Health

CVS Health is one of the most recognised companies in the healthcare industry. As per reports, CVS Health employs over 3 lakh people and plays a critical role in the American pharmacy sector. It was back in February 2021 when Karen took the position of CVS Health, and the way she led the integration of renowned insurance company Aetna into the CVS fold made her one of the leading masterminds in the healthcare sector. The entrepreneur is ranked in 6th position on the Forbes list.

#7. Jane Fraser - CEO of Citi

Jane Fraser is the one, whose name is engraved in the history books as the first woman ever to hold the prestigious position of CEO at Citigroup. It was during the critical financial crisis of the famous Wall Street Bank that Jane Fraser's leadership and strategic acumen came into effect. Ranked at the 7th position, Jane, being the CEO of Citi, is taking on new challenges every now and then.

#8. Abigail Johnson - Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments

Abigail Johnson is the chairman and CEO of FMR, who is the parent company of Fidelity Investments. For the unversed, the investment company was founded by her grandfather, Edward Johnson II, back in 1946. Under Abigail's leadership, the giant company continues to grow even further. Right from an early age, she was introduced to her family business, which paved the way for her incredible success in the company for many decades. Abigail is sitting in the 8th position on the Forbes List.

#9. Mary Barra - CEO of General Motors

The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra is one of the biggest names in the automotive industry. As per multiple reports, Mary is the first woman to lead one of the leading automakers in the U.S. Despite being a male-dominant field, the way Mary has made a place for herself in the automotive industry has inspired an entire generation of young girls out there. The CEO is ranked in 9th position on the Forbes list.

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#10. Melinda French Gates, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

When we talk about philanthropy, Melinda French Gates is the one, who is almost ahead of everyone else. Currently serving as the co-chairperson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she is ranked 10th on the Forbes List of Most Powerful Women of 2023. Whether we talk about social issues or educating girls and generating better healthcare and education systems around the globe, Melinda French Gates is hands-down one of the few people who have dedicated their lives to this purpose.

#11. Nirmala Sitharaman - India's Finance Minister

The highest-rated Indian female politician on Forbes' List of Most Powerful Women of the Year 2023 is Nirmala Sitharaman. India's Finance Minister is ranked at the 32nd position on the list, which is indeed a massive feat for the politician. She has also served as India's Minister of Defence in the past, which clearly speaks volumes about her calibre as a leader of such an esteemed position.

#12. Roshni Nadar Malhotra - Chairperson of HCL Technologies

With a mammoth net worth of Rs. 84,330 crores, the Chairperson of HCL Technologies, Roshni Nadar Malhotra is among the richest women in India. The incredibly talented tech entrepreneur is renowned for her visionary ideas and ability to take on new challenges. Roshni is indeed a force to be reckoned with in the IT industry as she continues to prove the mettle of her skills in the business world. The famous female entrepreneur is ranked at the 60th position on the Forbes list of most powerful women in 2023.

#13. Soma Mondal - Former Chairperson of the Steel Authority of India

Ranked at the 70th position in Forbes' list, Soma Mondal is also renowned by the title, 'Queen of Steel', courtesy of the fact that she was the former chairperson of the Steel Authority of India. Not only this, Soma also became the first woman ever to chair the central PSU (Steel Authority of India).

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#14. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw - Biotechnology entrepreneur

In India, people who are interested in biotechnology are very well-versed with the name and impact of Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw in this particular sector. With four years of experience in biotechnology, Kiran's company, Biocon Limited and Biocon Biologics Limited, have earned international acclaim. As a result, she was placed in the 76th position on Forbes' list. As per reports, she has an estimated net worth of Rs. 18,779 crores.

#15. Falguni Nayar - Founder and CEO of Nykaa

The founder and CEO of esteemed beauty and wellness brand, Nykaa, Falguni Nayar is ranked at the 88th spot on the Forbes List of Most Powerful Women of 2023. With a net worth of 2.7 billion USD, Falguni is one of the richest businesswomen in India.

We hope all these women continue to inspire all the young girls out there so we can see some fresh faces in the Forbes List of Most Powerful Women 2024. Share your thoughts about it with us.

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