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Posted : 2013-05-23 19:29
Updated : 2013-05-23 19:29

President Park ranked world's 11th most powerful woman

President German Chancellor
Park Geun-hye Angela Merkel

By Kwon Ji-youn

President Park Geun-hye was ranked 11th on the World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2013 list by Forbes, the biweekly American business magazine said Wednesday.

Forbes recognizes and ranks powerful women from around the world each year. This is the first time a Korean woman has made the list.

Forbes acknowledged Park for being South Korea's first female president. It went on to explain that Park was elected with the nation's highest voting rate in 15 years.

Forbes described her presidency as her "second term in the presidential Blue House." Her father, Park Chung-hee, also held office as president for 16 years until his assassination in 1979. When her mother died in 1974, Park Geun-hye became de facto first lady.

The magazine introduced Korea as the world's 15th-largest economy and it did not fail to mention that its export-driven economy is being tested by China, Japan and the tensions between the North and the South.

Angela Merkel, who has served as chancellor of Germany since 2005, was ranked number one. She was the first woman to hold the office in Germany. Second was Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, whose country is the world's seventh-largest economy. Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ranked third.

Ranked fourth was Michelle Obama, first lady of the U.S. She is especially recognized for her fight against childhood obesity and efforts in promoting healthy eating and lifestyles.

Hillary Clinton, the American politician and diplomat who served as U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, ranked fifth.

Listed in ninth place was Sonia Gandhi, an Indian politician who has served as president of the Indian National Congress party since 1998.


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