We used to live in a world where women barely held respectable positions in the society, sadly to say. It was heartbreaking to see women being treated with less regards – perhaps the society’s intention was to protect them from the troubles of this world (something most of them faced on a daily basis).

The female gender has been blessed with similar abilities as the male gender – if not better, and women are capable of doing way more than just giving birth or taking care of the home.

Nowadays, we see a remarkable number of women in top positions as movers and shakers in major sectors of the world’s economy such as banking, technology, media, entertainment, education, and other walks of life.

Here is our list of the 20 most powerful women in the world in 2020.

1. Angela Merkel

Angela Dorothea Merkel, is a German politician who has been serving as the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. During the 2005 federal election, Merkel was appointed Germany’s first female chancellor at the head of a grand coalition. Merkel has twice been named the world’s second most powerful person following Vladimir Putin by Forbes magazine, the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman. She’s currently the most powerful woman in the world and in March 2014, she became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union.

2. Theresa May

Theresa Mary May is a British politician who succeeded David Cameron as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She became the UK’s second female Prime Minister after she was elected Conservative Party leader following the resignation of David Cameron.

3. Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has recently been nominated as the President of the European Central Bank which made her relinquish her position as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.  She served as a French Minister from 2005 to 2011 and if confirmed by the European Parliament in later this month, she will become the first ECB female president.

4. Mary Barra

Mary Barra has been the CEO of General Motors Company (the parent company of Chevrolet) since January, 15, 2014, and still holds the record as the first female CEO of a major global car manufacturing company.

5. Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson is one of the world’s wealthiest women with her wealth standing at approximately $16 billion. Johnson is the president and CEO of American investment firm Fidelity Investments.

6. Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is the wife of one of the richest men on the planet, Bill Gates. She co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband, the world’s largest private charitable organization. She has been ranking for one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes for many years.

7. Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki is mostly known as one of the founding members of Google for which she served as its first marketing manager in 1999. She proposed the acquisition of YouTube by Google in 2006 after she closely observed the progress of YouTube over the years. She has been the CEO of YouTube since February 2014.

8. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the first female to serve on Facebook’s board of directors when she was elected to the board in June 2012. She has a net worth of $1.7 billion, making her one of the richest women on the planet.

9. Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson was born in Kansas. The 9-year old Hewson lost her father and was raised by her mother together with 5 other siblings. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and her Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Alabama. She’s currently the chairwoman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin.

10. Ana Patricia Botin

Ana Botin is a Spanish banker who was CEO of Santander UK. In the 2009 Forbes’ Most powerful women in the world list, she ranked 45th. 10 years later, she’s ranking 8th. That shows how consistent she’s been over the years.

11. Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty joined IBM as a system engineer in 1981 and subsequently headed global sales, marketing, and strategy before finally becoming their president and CEO in January 2012. She earns a salary of over $32 million.

12. Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts was the CEO of Burberry from 2006 to 2014 before leaving to join
Apple. She has a net worth of $230 million.

13. Gail Koziara Boudreaux

Gail Koziara Boudreaux was a standout player for the Darthmouth Big Green Women’s basketball team from 1978 through 1982 and she had a really successful career as an athlete. She became the CEO of Anthem Inc., now the second largest American company with a woman as CEO.

14. Safra Catz

Safra Catz was born on the 1st of December, 1961. She has been an executive at Oracle Corporation since 1999, and a board member since 2001. In 2011, she was named the co-President and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to only the founder, Larry Ellison.

15. Isabelle Kocher

Isabelle Kocher holds a master’s degree in quantum optics and a postgraduate certificate in physics. She graduated from the Ecole normale superieure in Paris in 1987 and Mines Paris Tech engineering school. She is presently the CEO of Engie.

16. Adena Friedman

Adena Friedman is an American businesswoman who is currently the president and CEO of Nasdaq. She is married to Cameron Friedman and they have two sons.

17. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an American media personality, actress, talk show host, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She was ranked as the most influential woman in the world at a time, thanks to her philanthropic duties. Her net worth currently stands at $2.7 billion.

18. Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat is an American financial executive and she’s currently the Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet Inc. She was recruited by Google on the 26th of May 2015 with her reported hiring deal being $70 million.

19. Ho Ching

Ho Ching is a Chineese businesswoman who has been serving as the CEO of Temasek Holding (a Singaporean holding company owned by the Government of Singapore) since 2004.

20. Emma Walmsley

Emma Walmsley is the chief executive officer of GlaxoSmithKline (a British multinational pharmaceutical company). She took over from Sir Andrew Witty, who retired in March 2017.