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Meet the world's most powerful women

A realm of high-flying women across politics, the media, corporate business and technology head up this year's most powerful... list from Forbes magazine. The annual survey ranks women according to influence, wealth and media presence. German chancellor Angela Merkel holds the top spot for the second year running as she continues to battle the Eurozone crisis - which in turn, threatens to overspill to global market economies. New entries on the list include Jennifer Lopez and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Queen Elizabeth II comes in 26th place as the oldest entry, aged 86.

Below we've listed the top 10 most powerful women in the world; women who, in their own various ways, have committed to change - be it political, economic, social or technological - and often in the face of adversity. Come celebrate their achievements and let us know your thoughts in the comments section or on Twitter.



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Iconic British Sportswomen



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