Sonia, Nooyi in Forbes' powerful list
ICICI's Lalita Gupte and Kalpana Morpari and Vidya Chabbria of Jumbo Group also feature in list. Have your sayindia Updated: Sep 02, 2006 02:37 IST
Indian women seem to be on the move. PepsiCo's Chief Executive-designate Indra Nooyi is the fourth most powerful woman in the world while Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is at 13th position, according to Forbes Magazine.
India-born and educated Nooyi, who was recently selected to become the top honcho of the fizz giant, made a quantum leap this year in the Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Woman List from her 28th rank in 2005 while Gandhi made a fresh entry into the grouping.
The other Indians in the prestigious list are Joint Managing Directors of ICICI Bank Lalita Gupte and Kalpana Morparia, who found a place down the ladder at 93rd position. Vidya Chabbria, Chairman of the Jumbo Group based in Dubai, finds her place two position below at 95.
According to the list, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who did not even figure in last year's choice, overtook US Secretary of State Condolezza Rice to become this year's most powerful woman.
In the list, which have 53 women from the United States followed by five from Britain; Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is at 12th position while Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton is at 18.
The US First Lady Laura Bush is found at 43rd most powerful position while Queen Elizabeth booked her place at 46th position followed by Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The profile of Gandhi posted in the Forbes magazine website says that she "heads the left-leaning party of Jawaharlal Nehru, where she acts as opposition leader to Manmohan Singh, the pro-business Prime Minister".