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Sonia Gandhi, Indra Nooyi Among The Top Ten Most Powerful Women

The leader of Congress party Sonia Gandhi and Indra Nooyi, Indian-American director of Pepsi Co, is among the top ten in Forbes list of most powerful women in the world led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Also, Sonia Gandhi, 64, seventh, and Nooyi, 55, is in fourth place with two other Indians made the list, which is dominated by politicians, businessmen, women and media and entertainment.

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While ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, 49, placed 43rd president and founder of Biocon, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, 58, finished at 99.

The appointment of Angela Merkel most powerful woman in the world, the U.S. business magazine called “the undisputed” leader of the European Union and the head of the only “real world economy.”

Angela Merkel, 57, who has headed the list of 100 most powerful women in the world, in all but one of the years becoming chancellor in November 2005, defeated Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Third Dilma Rousseff, who became the first woman president of Brazil this year.

After Rousseff was Nooyi, COO Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, philanthropist Melinda Gates, Sonia Gandhi, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, Managing Director International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and CEO Irene Rosenfeld of Kraft Foods .

“Our list is diverse and dynamic paths of women in power today, is leading the nation or the agenda of critical issues of our time,” said Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman.

The list was heavily leaning toward the Americans, 65 of 100 seats.

Australia, China, India and Britain each had three.

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