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The World’s Most Powerful Women

Forbes released its list of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. The list has some surprises - like Michelle Obama topping Oprah Winfrey. Check out these highlights.

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Forbes released its list of Most Powerful Women in the World. The list has some surprises - like Michelle Obama topping Oprah Winfrey.
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First Lady Michelle Obama debuts on the Forbes "100 Most Powerful Women" list at number 40. Whether it's impacting fashion or the way families eat, this Harvard-educated lawyer is now considered by Forbes to be more powerful than Oprah Winfrey.
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She may have fallen from number 36 to 41, but that doesn't mean Oprah Winfrey is losing steam. The talk show host is set to launch a new television network next year, and has her magazine, radio show and website to keep her busy in the meantime.
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Topping the list for the second time is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Often seen at the side of the world's most powerful leaders, Merkel will be seeking a second term at the end of September.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made the list at number 35, ahead of both Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. How's that for powerful? As the country's highest-ranking elected female leader, Pelosi is currently working with the president on reforming the nation's health care.
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Coming in at number 36 is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Despite having once been a First Lady herself, Clinton has managed to separate her identity from that of her husband's by becoming a force in Washington.
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Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor debuts on the list at number 55. As the first Hispanic justice, Sotomayor survived intense scrutiny by Republicans to make the cut.
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At number 76, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan is the complete package. Not only is she beautiful and charitable - constantly campaigning for human rights - but she twitters, too. Queen Ramia has embraced technology and aside from twittering, also uses Facebook and YouTube.
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While Forbes estimates her fortune to be at around $450 million, Queen Elizabeth II of England has no plans to retire. Coming in at number 42, the 83-year-old monarch is as active as ever, keeping a full schedule. Click on for more highlights from the "Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women" list.
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#13: Sonia Ghandi, President of the Indian National Congress Party
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#25: Andrea Jung, Chairman & CEO Avon Products, Inc.
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#34: Melinda Gates, Co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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#48: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
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#49: Janet Robinson, Chief Executive of The New York Times
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#51: Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
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#55: Mary Schapiro, Chairman Securities & Exchange Commission
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#56: Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
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