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Okonjo-Iweala, Mo Abudu make Forbes’ 2023 power list

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The prestigious Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women for 2023 was unveiled on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. 

This year’s list features 100 exceptional women who have made significant contributions in various fields, including business, media, politics, entertainment, and technology. The list was compiled using four main criteria: spheres of influence, money, media, and impact.

Among the notable figures on the list is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization. 

Okonjo-Iweala and MO Abudu are the two Nigerians on the list

Dr Ngozi has served as Nigeria’s first female Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, successfully implementing various economic reforms that helped the country weather the 2008 financial crisis. 

Full list of Forbes world’s most powerful women 2023:

  1. Ursula von der Leyen
  2. Christine Lagarde
  3. Kamala Harris 
  4. Giorgia Meloni 
  5. Taylor Swift
  6. Karen Lynch
  7. Jane Fraser
  8. Abigail Johnson
  9. Mary Barra
  10. Melinda French Gates
  11. Julie Sweet 
  12. Kristalina Georgieva
  13. MacKenzie Scott
  14. Gail Boudreaux
  15. Emma Walmsley
  16. Ruth Porat
  17. Safra Catz
  18. Ana Patricia Botín
  19. Carol Tomé
  20. Sandy Ran Xu 
  21. Kathryn McLay
  22. Sarah London
  23. Amy Hood 
  24. Tarciana Paula Gomes Medeiros
  25. Laurene Powell  
  26. Catherine MacGregor 
  27. Janet Yellen
  28. Gwynne Shotwell
  29. Phebe Novakovic
  30. Tsai Ing-wen
  31. Oprah Winfrey 
  32. Nirmala Sitharaman
  33. Ho Ching 
  34. Thasunda Brown Duckett
  35. Marianne Lake, Jennifer Piepszak
  36. Beyoncé Knowles 
  37. Shari Redstone
  38. Kathy Warden
  39. Dana Walden
  40. Amanda Blanc
  41. Susan Li 
  42. Margherita Della Valle
  43. Adena Friedman
  44. Mary Callahan Erdoes 
  45. Lynn Martin
  46. Sheikh Hasina Wajed 
  47. Sri Mulyani Indrawati
  48. Gina Rinehart
  49. Lisa Su
  50. Vicki Hollub
  51. Nicke Widyawati
  52. Shemara Wikramanayake
  53. Tricia Griffith
  54. Jessica Tan
  55. Judy Faulkner
  56. Tokiko Shimizu 
  57. Donna Langley 
  58. Jennifer Salke 
  59. Wang Laichun
  60. Roshni Nadar Malhotra 
  61. Jenny Johnson
  62. Yuriko Koike
  63. Hana Al Rostamani
  64. Suzanne Scott
  65. Lynn Good 
  66. Sinead Gorman 
  67. Bela Bajaria 
  68. Belén Garijo
  69. Melanie Kreis 
  70. Soma Mondal
  71. Paula Santilli
  72. Mette Frederiksen
  73. Joey Wat
  74. Rihanna
  75. Linda Thomas-Greenfield
  76. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
  77. Güler Sabanci
  78. Trudy Shan Dai
  79. Debra Crew 
  80. Robyn Denholm 
  81. Solina Chau
  82. Lee Boo-jin 
  83. Robyn Grew
  84. Zuzana Caputova
  85. Mary Meeker
  86. Makiko Ono
  87. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  88. Mpumi Madisa 
  89. Melanie Perkins
  90. Dominique Senequier 
  91. Raja Easa Al Gurg
  92. Julia Gillard
  93. Samia Suluhu Hassan
  94. Xiomara Castro
  95. Kirsten Green
  96. Choi Soo-yeon 
  97. Jenny Lee 
  98. Mo Abudu 
  99. Mia Mottley 
  100. Barbie
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