Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who Forbes calls “the de facto First Lady,” claimed 19th spot, while the actual first lady, Melania Trump, did not make the list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, released by Forbes on Wednesday. Since its inception in 2004, this is the first time Forbes annual directory of the women who matter most on the global stage does not include the wife of the U.S. president. It is also the only time a First Daughter has found herself in the ranking.
“In the No. 19 spot, Ivanka Trump is the second highest ranked newcomer. Her step-mother Melania has mostly abdicated the first-lady spotlight (and doesn’t appear on this year’s list) but Ivanka has become a key player in the Donald Trump White House,” Forbes wrote.
“And while her father might not always heed her advice, she is targeting policy areas such as paid family leave, promotion of women in science and female entrepreneurship.”
In 2016, Melania Trump’s predecessor Michelle Obama was 13th on the list however Mrs Obama does not make an appearance on the list this year
German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again topped Forbes 2017 edition of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, followed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and Bill Gates’ wife, Melinda Gates.
Former US Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton suffered a remarkable fall from grace in comparison to her strong showing last year, tumbling 63 spots after her stunning defeat in the 2016 US presidential election. The former Democratic presidential candidate, whose victory was practically guaranteed by the US mainstream media in the run-up to the election, has accused Russia of robbing her of the win and swinging the vote in Donald Trump’s favor.
Melinda Gates is the third most-powerful woman. She is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation and, along with her husband, has distributed more than $40 billion in grants to date and supports organisations in over 100 organisations.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and GM CEO Mary Barra round out the top five.
“The 2017 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women identifies a new generation of icons, game-changers and gate crashers who are boldly scaling new heights and transforming the world,” says Forbes.
“This year’s ranking, our 14th edition, is nearly one-quarter newcomers who are stepping into power in politics, technology, business, philanthropy and media. That should give everyone hope.”
Outside of the top five, newly appointed New Zealand prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed 38th position on the list.
Ms Arden debuted higher on the list than the likes of Taylor Swift (85), Beyoncé (50) and JK Rowling (88).
When drawing up the powerful women list, Forbes considered four criteria: money controlled, media presence, spheres of influence, and impact.