17 Most Powerful Women In Finance, Banking And Venture Capital 2016!

“When it comes to thinking about women in powerful positions, we are too often blinded by the daggers of the mind, infected by the malignant mind bugs that mire us in the prejudices of the past,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde once famously said. “We need a 21st century mentality for women’s economic participation. We need to flush away the flotsam of ingrained gender inequality.”
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One of the best antidotes to female economic disenfranchisement is hitting a critical mass of women at the top rungs of the global financial system. On this year’s list of the Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women, three of the top 10 control, direct or manipulate the world’s wealth. And of a total 100 women on the ranking, 17 are financiers.
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Janet Yellen, the No. 3 most powerful woman, made history two years ago when she became the first female head of the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Yale and Brown educated economist has barely had a moments rest since then: With so much at stake, a single word from Yellen can send asset prices swinging.

Earlier this year Christine Lagarde (No. 6) was selected to serve her second five-year term as head of the International Monetary Fund , the organization which serves as economic advisor and backstop for 188 countries. When she took over in 2011 the world economy was still recovering from the financial crisis. Lagarde, however, has projected a weak, fragile and still risky recovery.

The remaining most powerful women in finance — public, private and intergovernmental — come from 11 different countries including Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

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