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Forbes names Rice most powerful woman

Aug. 2, 2005 at 11:10 AM

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The second annual Forbes magazine ranking of the world's most powerful women has placed U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the top.

Second in the listing of 100 women was Wu Yi, Vice Premier of China, followed by Indian President Sonia Gandhi. U.S. first lady Laura Bush ranked fourth, followed by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

The magazine said the list illustrates how fleeting power can be, as Megawati Sukarnoputri, the former president of Indonesia who lost her reelection bid, dropped off the rankings completely.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth ranked 22nd, while ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters ranked 25th.

The survey uses weighting factors based on such things as media mentions and the size of the economic sphere over which a leader holds sway.

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