Napolitano, Sebelius, Clinton among world’s most powerful women

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2013_05_Obama2 President Barack Obama with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on March 23, 2010. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House)

You need not look at a Forbes list to know the world — and the U.S. in particular — is full of strong, empowered and innovative women leaders. However, it never hurts to give credit where credit is due.

Today, Forbes paid tribute to female role models around the world, ranking the 100 most powerful women politicians, entrepreneurs, media moguls, technologists, CEOs, celebrities and more by the money they bring in, their media momentum and impact.

Three of the top five leading ladies in 2013 are U.S. citizens. Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, first lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius all ranked in the top 25 as well.

On the technology side, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer for Facebook, Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, Ursula Burns, chairwoman and CEO of Xerox, and Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard ranked in the top 15.

Many of Forbes’ inclusions also made Working Mother magazine’s list of 50 Most Powerful Moms for 2013, which was released earlier this month.

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Hillary Clinton, Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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