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Hasina 59th most powerful woman in world: Forbes

1Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has recently been ranked at 59th among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2015.

The US-based magazine published the list Tuesday.

The magazine, which has been publishing the list for the last 12 years, ranked Hasina at 47th last year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list for the fifth consecutive years with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the second powerful woman.

The German chancellor has featured in the list 10 times over the past 11 years.

Bill Gate’s wife Melinda Gates, who is the co-chairperson of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, took the 3rd spot this year.

Seven of the top 10 women on the list are from United States while four Indian women secured their position in the list of 100 poerful women.

Forbes selected 100 most influential women from eight categories or power bases: billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media, philanthropy and intergovernmental organizations, politics and technology.

The selection was made from a preliminary group of over 300 candidates from around the world.

Analysts applied four (money, media presence, spheres of influence and impact) metrics to determine the rank within each category, as well as overall rank on the list of 100.