Top 10 most powerful women in the world

1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Angela divorced her first husband, Ulrich Merkel, whose last name she still bears, back in 1982. She has now been happily married for over 20 years to the scientist, quantum chemist Joachim Sauer. They met back in the 1980s at the Berlin Academy of Sciences, but did not marry until 1998. For Joachim, it is also his second marriage.

Despite the fact that Merkel's husband has nothing to do with politics, he often gives her valuable advice, as Angela herself says. However, they do not talk about work in the family so often: the couple have other hobbies. For example, both love opera, outdoor activities and hiking, and are fond of soccer. And Merkel - who would have thought - still makes her husband breakfast in the morning.

2.Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank

With her first husband, Wilfrid Lagarde, the famous Frenchwoman lived for 10 years, giving birth to two sons, Thomas and Pierre-Henri. But eventually the marriage fell apart. Christine's second husband was the entrepreneur Everran Gilmore, but this union was even shorter than the first. And in 2006 she began to meet with a Marseille businessman Xavier Giocanti. And this romance turned out to be probably the longest. They had known each other since their student days, but they were only friends then. And the romance began to flare up after an unexpected meeting for both of them in 2006. Christine and Xavier are still together.

3.Kamala Harris, Vice President-elect of the United States

Kamala met her husband, attorney Doug Emhoff, in a very unusual way - on a blind date arranged by a friend. It was 2013, and they were both 49 years old at the time. The very next day, Doug declared his love for her and suggested they try to build a relationship. In 2014, the couple got married. Emhoff has two grown children who have grown to love Harris wholeheartedly. "Family is my husband Doug. Family is our beautiful children Cole and Ella, who, as you heard, call me Momala. Family is my sister. Family is my best friend, my nieces and my godchildren.

4.Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Ursula met the love of her life, the professor, doctor and businessman Heiko von der Leyen, while she was still a student. She recounted the incident as follows: "I noticed my husband-to-be at university, but I didn't know how to approach him. One day I saw him changing a tire and offered to help, even though I knew nothing about it. It worked! In 1986 (Ursula was 27 and Heiko 31) they got married. Ursula bore her beloved seven children - not every girl is capable of such a feat. The children have grown up and the feelings of Heiko and Ursula are as strong as they were in their youth.

5.Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda and Bill Gates met at work. The computer genius turned his firm's employee not only because she was a great employee, but also because Melinda... wore flat-soled shoes. And Gates had always believed that the lower the heels, the smarter the woman. And, by the way, that omen turned out to be true!

Although Melinda left Microsoft almost immediately after the wedding, she did not give up her career, otherwise she would not have been on the list of the most powerful women in the world for many years.

6.Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors

Mary married management consultant Anthony Barra right after graduation in 1985. The couple has two children, Nicholas and Rachel.  The businesswoman has always emphasized that her husband and children are the most important part of her life.

7.Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Nancy and Paul Pelosi have been married for 57 years! They met in college. And after his graduation, in September 1963, the couple was married in a Catholic cathedral in Baltimore. After that, the newlyweds moved to New York, and a few years later to San Francisco.

8.Ana Patricia Botin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Santander

The daughter of a wealthy family, the daughter of a Spanish banker married a very promising young man (also from the banking sector), Guillermo Moreno Mariátegui. Everyone around her said that she was very lucky to become the wife of the youngest of the Marquis Borghetto, a family of Andalusian landowners. But it was not a marriage of convenience: the young people really had feelings for each other.

9.Abigail Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Investments

Abigail married Christopher J. McCown in 1988. She was then a college graduate and attending university, seeking an MBA. Her fiancé was a director of management at a consulting firm. Christopher now runs Iora Health, a health information company.

10.Gail Boudreau, president and CEO of Anthem

Gail and Terry first met on a sports field - both played basketball and participated in a game between neighboring schools. When they married in 1989. Terry later said in an interview that after the down payment on their first house, they had $180 left in their bank account.


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