Jobs widow is Forbes’ 49th most powerful woman

Karen Haslam
25 August, 2012
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The widow of Steve Jobs has been named one of the world’s most powerful women.

Laurene Powell Jobs features alongside heads of state, CEOs, billionaires and  entertainers in Forbes list of the 100 most powerful females.

Slipping into the top 50 in 49th place, Powell is also highlighted as one of 16 “New Faces”.

This is the first time Powell has featured in the list. Forbes notes her work as the founder of the Emerson Collective, a nonprofit organisation that helps under-privileged students in America’s public schools. She is also a supporter of the DREAM Act, a bill that aims to offer an opportunity for legalisation to illegal immigrants who finish high school and go on to college or enlist in the military, notes Forbes.

The number one most powerful woman is Angela Merkel, followed by Hillary Clinton. Melinda Gates is in fourth place. Michelle Obama is in seventh position. Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg is in tenth place. HP CEO Meg Whitman is at number 18, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at 22. The Queen is in at number 26.

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