There are women across the globe who are hugely successful in their chosen fields and this means they are extremely powerful and influential. Women who are at the top of their game are in a position not only to achieve their personal goals but to also impact on the lives of many others. Each year, Forbes devises a list of the most powerful women in the world based on both their personal success and the way in which their position can impact on others. This list of women consists of politicians, philanthropists, and business people from every industry. Here are the 20 most powerful women in the world right now.
20. Adena Friedman
Adena Friedman is currently the CEO and president of Nasdaq. She is also the former CFO and managing director of The Carlyle Group. She was born in 1969 and raised in Baltimore where she attended Roland Park County School. At Williams College, she earned her BA in political science and was then awarded an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She is married to Michael Cameron Friedman and the couple has two sons. Nasdaq is an American stock exchange that is the second largest in the world and is only behind New York Stock Exchange. The company was founded in 1971 and is based at One Liberty Square in New York City.