By Andy Sambidge
UAE Minister of Development and International Co-operation is highest placed of four Gulf-based women in annual ranking
Four Gulf-based women have been included in the latest World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list compiled by US magazine Forbes.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, the UAE's Minister of Development and International Co-operation, was the highest ranked in 55th position.
Sheikha Lubna jumped 12 places compared to her position last year.
Fatima Obeid Al Jaber, chairperson of the Emirates Business Women Council, also made the list and was a new entry in 94th position.
Al Jaber became the first Emirati woman to be elected to the board of directors at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce in 2009, news agency WAM said.
Also making the 2014 edition of the Forbes list is Lubna S Olayan, the CEO of Saudi-based Olayan Financing Company (86th) and Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani, chair, Qatar Museums Authority (91st).
The 10th anniversary list was topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was ranked first for the fourth consecutive year. She was followed by US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
Melanie Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and wife of Bill, was ranked third, with Dilma Rouseff, president of Brazil, falling two spots to fourth. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, moved up two spots to fifth, according to Forbes.
The top 10 was completed by General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Michelle Obama, First Lady, US, Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, and Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM.
Moira Forbes, Forbes president and publisher of ForbesWoman, said: “As we mark the 10th anniversary of publishing the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, these impressive women from around the world continue to make a dramatic, lasting impact on our global footprint and in all aspects of our lives.”
The list features nine heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of $11.1 trillion with 641 million citizens.
Eighteen of the women on the list founded their own companies or foundations, including the youngest self-made billionaire on the list, Sara Blakely, 43.
There are 13 billionaires valued in excess of $81 billion. The 100 women on the list have a combined social media footprint that exceeds 812 million followers.
Sheikha Lubna deserves this win. She is hard working, intelligent, wise, very approachable and open to all people - doesn't matter what background you're from. I met her once and we had a brief conversation, and I was highly inspired and proud of UAE women.
Congratulations Sheikha Lubna you deserve the best, I met her in Sharjah 10 years ago. She is a very nice lady from inside and outside, she is so intelligent, God bless her and protect her, I wish i can meet her again. Sheikha if you come to the States, I am in Boston, I will be happy to see you. (Ask Violette)
Sh. Lubna is the ideal model to present the Arab Ladies
We are always proud to hear and read about her achievments.
Great personality, sharp and leader
Many congragulations to her