Yingluck ranks 59th in Forbes’ most powerful women

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BANGKOK, 27 August 2011 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is ranked 59th as the World’s Most Powerful Woman in 2011 by Forbes magazine, along with other globally recognised female political and business leaders. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ranked first on the list of 100 most powerful women of the world, followed by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Pepsi Co CEO Indra Nooyi and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

No 6 to 10 in the list are Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Cofounder and Cochair Melinda Gates, Indian National Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, US First Lady Michelle Obama, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld.

Ms Yingluck’s ranking is above Harry Potter author Joanne (JK) Rowling, Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching and others.

Forbes magazine described that Ms Yingluck took her office with a vow to reunite the nation while her greatest challenge was to step out of the shadow of her own brother ex-Prime Minister Police Lieutenant Colonel Thaksin Shinawatra.