Date: August 24 2012
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has topped mining magnate Gina Rinehart and Westpac chief Gail Kelly on Forbes magazine's list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
Ms Gillard was ranked 27th, one place behind the Queen, while Mrs Rinehart, the executive chairman of Hancock Prospecting, ranked 35th. Gail Kelly was 60th.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel took top spot for the second year in a row, ahead of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The magazine reported Ms Gillard oversees a population of 22 million and a GDP of $926 billion.
''This year, the Labor Party leader, who became an Australian citizen in 1974, has struggled with rising energy bills and illegal immigration,'' it wrote. Mrs Rinehart was described as a ''political powerhouse, publicly lobbying against mining and carbon taxes and pushing to relax Australia's immigration policies''. The list featured eight heads of state, 25 CEOs, a dozen entrepreneurs and 10 celebrities.
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