Queen Elizabeth II and Nicola Sturgeon ranked in 2016 Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Queen Elizabeth IIQueen Elizabeth II and SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon have been ranked on Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for 2016.

Coming top of the UK entries, Queen Elizabeth II ranked No. 29 after becoming the longest-reigning monarch for over 1,200 years and is currently the world’s oldest monarch at 90. Nicola Sturgeon ranked at No. 50 as the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Other UK women who made the list include Katherine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media at No. 68; Nemat Shafik, Deputy Governor, Bank of England at No. 59; and Eliza Manningham-Buller, Chair of Wellcome Trust at No. 88.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list with Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton coming in second. List compilers noted that if Clinton becomes president in November, it would be a historic win. They write, “She is the first and only First Lady to run for public office, the first woman to be elected senator from New York, and the first woman to advance this far in a presidential race.”

This year’s list sees an influx in political leaders and entrepreneurs, with less of a focus on celebrities. In fact, the entertainment category has been removed, according to Forbes to ‘make room for a wider inclusion of female leaders across the globe who have been elected to office’.

You can view the complete list of 100 women here.

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