The Top 20 Most Powerful Women In The World

16. Maria das Graças Silva Foster

Few people get to accomplish what Maria das Graças Silva Foster has in a lifetime. Starting out as a chemical engineer at international petroleum giant Petrobas, Maria rose to become the giant Brazilian oil company’s CEO. It isn’t easy running a $100 billion dollar company, but someone has to do it.

15. Irene Rosenfeld

Look at your grocery store shelves, and you’ll probably see products created by the company run by number 15 on our list: Irene Rosenfeld. As leader of Mondelez, which was spun off from Kraft Foods recently, she oversees a global snack and foods conglomerate that operates in a staggering 80 countries.

14. Oprah Winfrey

Need we say more? Coming in at number 14 is Oprah Winfrey, the United States’ first self-made female African American Billionaire. Since retiring form her award winning talk show, Winfrey has since moved on to acting in major films like Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic “Selma”, which her production company helped produce.

13. Indra Nooyi

You might think that it’s a bad time to be the head of a soft drink company, but number 13 on our list, Indra Nooyi, is proving the naysayers wrong. As the CEO of PepsiCo, she has led the company to record profits and product innovations that make her the envy of many a CEO.