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Queen Rania, Lubna Olayan named in global power list

Pair ranked among world's100 most powerful females in Forbes’ annual list

Queen Rania, Lubna Olayan named in global power list
Jordans Queen Rania was ranked at No 53, in recognition of her campaigning for women’s issues and human rights (Getty Images)

Jordan’s Queen Rania and the CEO of Saudi’s Olayan
Financing, Lubna Olayan, have been named among the world’s 100 most powerful
women by Forbes magazine. [photos]

The annual list, which ranks influential women from around
the globe, includes a mix of CEOs, politicians, cultural icons and
billionaires.

[To se the Arabian Business Power 500, listing the world's most powerful Arabs, click here]

Described as “the most listened-to woman in the Middle
East,” Queen Rania took the No.53 spot in recognition of her campaigning for
women’s issues and human rights.

Jordan’s first lady has many as 1.6 million followers on
Twitter and her own YouTube channel that has led to her receiving the online
channel’s first ‘Visionary’ award.

Saudi Arabian businesswoman Lubna Olayan, who oversees 40
companies in her role as CEO of holding company Olayan Financing, took the No.
63 spot in this year’s list.

The UAE’s minister of the economy Sheikha Lubna, who ranked
No. 70 in the 2010 list, was knocked off the rankings this year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list as leader of
the world’s fourth-largest economy, while US first lady Michelle Obama came in
at No. 8.

At 70 percent, Michelle’s approval ratings outstrip those of
her husband, President Obama, whose popularity ranks a comparatively lowly 40
percent.

Celebrities such as Lady GaGa (No. 11) and Angelina Jolie
(No. 29) also made the list, having successfully utilised their celebrity
status to raise money for humanitarian campaigns.

Business leaders and billionaires who earned themselves top
slots included Carol Bartz (No. 37), for her role as CEO of Yahoo!, and JK
Rowling (No. 61), author of the Harry Potter series.

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