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Kochhar, Shaw among world's most powerful bizwomen

Last updated on: August 20, 2009 

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ICICI Bank CEO and Managing Director Chanda Kochhar has been ranked in the top 20 of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women list compiled by Forbes.

Kochhar debuted at number 20 behind Sonia Gandhi who was ranked 13th in the list led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Kochhar was named as the first woman boss of India's second largest lender ICICI Bank and took charge in May this year. "She now oversees a bank with assets of $100 billion," Forbes said.

She was instrumental in transforming the retail business of ICICI Bank and turning it into a retail banking powerhouse.


Image: Chanda Kochchar, ICICI Bank CEO and Managing Director.
Photographs: Reuters
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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman, Biocon, is the world's 91st most influential woman, according to the Forbes magazine.

Mazumdar-Shaw moved to 91 from last year's 99th place.


Image: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairwoman and managing director of Biocon Ltd.
Photographs: Reuters
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Indian-origin chief executive and chairman of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi figured at number three in Forbes' world's 100 most powerful women.

Nooyi retains her third position in the Forbes list.


Image: PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.
Photographs: Reuters
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Sheila Bair, Chairperson, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, USA, is the world's second most powerful woman after German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

However, Bair has been named the world's most influential businesswoman.


Image: Sheila Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Photographs: Adam Hunger/Reuters
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Number 4 on the Forbes' list of most powerful women is Cynthia Carroll, chief executive of Anglo American, a British mining firm which is also the world's biggest producer of platinum.

Among businesswomen, Carroll is the world's third most influential.


Image: Cynthia Carroll, chief executive of Anglo American.
Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
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Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek, Singapore's huge wealth fund, is the world's fifth most powerful woman. Amongst businesswomen she is the 4th most influential in the world.


Image: Ho Ching, Temasek Holdings executive director and CEO.
Photographs: Tim Chong/Reuters
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Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld has been ranked the world's fourth most powerful businesswoman by Forbes.


Image: Kraft Foods Inc CEO Irene Rosenfeld.
Photographs: John Gress/Reuters
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Ellen Kullman, CEO, DuPont, USA, is the world's seventh most powerful woman, says Forbes. She became DuPont chief executive in January 2009.

Earlier she was the company's president from October 2008 to December 2008.


Image: Ellen Kullman, CEO, DuPont, USA.
Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
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In the eighth position among the world's most powerful women is Angela Braly, president and CEO of WellPoint Inc.

She became WellPoint CEO in 2007.


Image: Angela Braly, president and CEO of WellPoint Inc.
Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Reuters
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Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive of France's nuclear reactor maker Areva, ranks ninth amongst the world's most powerful women.

She has been in-charge of Areva since 1999.


Image: Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive of France's nuclear reactor maker Areva.
Photographs: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
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In the tech sector, Carol Bartz, who was named Yahoo CEO in January, is the world's 12 most powerful woman, just a step ahead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.


Image: A Yahoo! sign is seen in New York's Times Square. (Inset) Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz.
Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Reuters
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