German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the number-one most powerful woman in the world in 2013, according to Forbes’ The World’s Most Powerful Women 2013 list, released on Wednesday.
Forty percent of those on the list are making their inaugural appearance on it. Ms. Merkel appears on the list for the eighth time in 10 years. This is her seventh time at being at the top of the list.
How is this for a fashion statement? Seven percent of the world’s most powerful 100 women are in the fashion industry, including Anna Wintour (#41), Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts (#53), Miuccia Prada (#58), Tory Burch (#69), Diane Von Furstenberg (#74), Spanx founder Sara Blakely (#90), and Gisele Bundchen (#95).
Entrepreneurial women also did quite well in 2013.
A remarkable number of women are founders or owners of their own enterprises, not a few of whose eponymous companies are synonymous with high fashion. Consider Miuccia Prada (No. 58), Zara founder Rosalia Mera (No. 66), Tory Burch (No. 69) andDiane von Furstenberg (No. 74). Other self-made self-starters include Oprah Winfrey (No.13), Arianna Huffington (No. 56), Chinese real estate tycoonZhang Xin (No. 50), and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, India’s first biotech entrepreneur (No. 85).