US VP-Elect Kamala Harris Makes Debut On Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women List
US Vice-President-elect, Kamala Harris has made her debut on Forbes list of world’s 100 most powerful women of 2020.
The publication on Tuesday announced the list where features 100 influential women from 30 countries in politics, entertainment, business, fashion and more.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed the No. 1 spot for the tenth year in a row, with European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde coming in second for the second consecutive year.
U.S. Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris made the list for the first time, debuting in the No. 3 spot. According to Forbes, her “rapid ascension in U.S. politics catapulted” her onto the list.
Completing the top five are Ursula von der Leyen, the first female president of the European Commission, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates maintained her title as the most powerful woman in philanthropy, according to Forbes.
On the Forbes list this year, there are 17 newcomers including number 67, Mackenzie Scott, formerly Bezos, who last year pledged to give away half of her money to charity after her divorce from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos was finalised.
Of the newcomers to the Forbes list, Carol Tomé, CEO of United Parcel Service, where delivery volumes skyrocketed during lockdowns, and Linda Rendle, CEO of Clorox, which boosted production of cleaning goods, were noted for their work.
Also, at CVS Health, Karen Lynch, who becomes CEO in February, took over the pharmacy giant’s Covid response and extensive network of testing sites. In 2021, she will be responsible for overseeing vaccine distribution at the company’s nearly 10,000 US locations.
Stacey Cunningham, the first woman to head the New York Stock Exchange, made the “swift” decision to shut down in-person trading as the virus was spreading in March.
The list also features some big names from the music industry, with pop sensations Rihanna and Beyoncé occupying the 69th and 72nd spots respectively.
Taylor Swift came in behind at 82, following the success of her surprise album Folklore, which sold 1 million units.
However, The Kardashians were snubbed from this list despite Kim Kardashian‘s vast public profile, and growing beauty, fragrance and shapewear empire.
Not to mention her little sister Kylie Jenner‘s hugely successful makeup business – she sold 51 per cent of Kylie Cosmetics to beauty giant Coty in a pre-coronavirus deal valued at $1.2billion in January.
See full list of women around the world on the list below;