Several Government Women 'Most Powerful'
Who's more powerful than Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of England, Supreme Court justices, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama? Sheila Bair.
The chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ranks second on the Forbes Magazine's "100 Most Power Women in the World List," right behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who tops the list for the fourth straight year.
The secretary of state seems to have found a way to beat an Obama, besting the First Lady by four spots, placing 36th to the First Lady's 40th.
The magazine ranks the women based on two factors: visibility, and the size of the organization or country they lead. Merkel oversees the world's fourth largest economy. Bair gets credit for her agency's successful takeover of 77 banks and for her turf wars with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
A full list government officials appearing on the list, in numerical order:
2.) Sheila Bair, Chairwoman of the FDIC
35.) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
36.) Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
40.) Michelle Obama, First Lady
48.) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
51.) Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary
54.) Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice
55.) Mary Schapiro, Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
56.) Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary
Review the full list here.
| August 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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