The new annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women prepared by Forbes, the international business magazine, puts Congress president Sonia Gandhi (62) at 13th place, eight notches above her ranking in last year’s list.
There are two other Indian women in the list — Chanda Kochhar (47), chief executive officer of ICICI Bank, ranked 20th and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (56), chairman and managing director of Biocon, ranked 91st.
“Gandhi, leader of India’s most powerful political party (Congress), is still the country’s dominant force,” said Forbes.
Two other women of Indian origin have also made the list. Indra Nooyi, chief executive of Pepsico, is ranked third.
The other is Navan-ethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, ranked 63rd. Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati, ranked 59th last year, is off the list.