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There's been a huge increase in women in power as more women focus on their careers. While power doesn't necessarily mean money, these women run billion-dollar companies, governments, and even countries. They take the definition of a boss lady to a new level. Additionally, they command respect and admiration from their peers. They're an inspiration for young, career-oriented girls, and they make it all look so effortless. Here are some of the most powerful women in the world.

  1. Angela Merkel

Angela has served as the German Chancellor since 2005. Though her term has been rocked with many controversies, she's had her victorious moments. One of her most notable moments in power was when she granted hundreds of thousands of refugees' asylum in Germany while the rest of Europe turned them away.

  1. Queen Elizabeth II

The head of the British monarch is undoubtedly the most powerful woman in the world. Though she doesn't directly interfere with politics, she's played an active role in some of her country's most crucial political decisions.

  1. Sahle-Work Zewde

Sahle-Work Zewde became the President of Ethiopia in 2018, making her the first woman to hold the office. While there have been other female Presidents in Africa, it's still refreshing seeing a woman in such a powerful position.

  1. Michelle Obama

The former First Lady hasn't lost her influence since leaving the White House. Michelle has gone on to write a memoir, Becoming, which became a global sensation. She's also a guest speaker in numerous high profile events where she shares her nuggets of wisdom.

  1. Oprah Winfrey

She's not only one of the richest women in the world but also one of the most powerful. Oprah built her television empire from the ground up as a talk show host. She now runs a multi-billion-dollar production company.

  1. Beyoncé

Beyoncé has ruled the airwaves since she was a teenager. The sultry songstress has had one of the successful careers in music, earning her a place on the table with the world's most powerful women.

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  1. Melinda Gates

While many think she's simply the wife of Billionaire Bill Gates, Melinda is a powerhouse on her own. She's part of Microsoft's success and created several products, including Expedia. Currently, she's channeling her influence in more philanthropic causes.

  1. Ivanka Trump

The eldest daughter of Donald Trump forged her path by launching a successful clothing line. She's also a senior advisor in her father's company, which makes her one of the world's most powerful women.

  1. Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour is the brains behind The Met Gala, one of the most significant events in fashion. She's also the Editor In Chief at Vogue, a position she's held for several years. It's safe to say nothing goes on in fashion without her nod of approval.

  1. Rihanna

The Barbados-born singer turned business mogul is a story of rags to riches. Rihanna is now one of the most powerful women in the beauty industry after the massive success of her makeup, like Fenty Beauty.

  1. Kylie Jenner

Kylie may come from an influential family, but the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family ventured out on herself and now commands a billion-dollar makeup empire.

  1. Nirmala Sitharaman

She's the current Finance Minister of India and previously served as the Defense Minister. Her resume must look quite impressive with such titles.

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  1. Susan Diane Wojcicki

YouTube has become a global sensation, and it's great knowing a woman is behind its success. Susan is the CEO of the leading video-sharing platform that is estimated to be worth 160 billion dollars.

  1. Graca Machel

Graca is the first woman to become the First Lady of two countries after marrying Samora Machel of Mozambique and Nelson Mandela of South Africa. However, she held a powerful position as the Minister of Education and Culture in Mozambique.

  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Nigerian-based author has penned some of the best-selling books that influenced the current generation of feminists. She's received mainstream recognition after her endorsement in one of Beyoncé's songs.