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Chicago’s influence on world’s most powerful women

September 1st, 2016

Forbes has come out with its list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in the world. No current Chicago residents on the list but there are some who grew up here or who have strong connections.

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a native of Park Ridge, is ranked No. 2 behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Forbes used four metrics to determine the most powerful women: money (in terms of net worth or company revenues); media presence; spheres of influence and impact on the world.

Here are the four other most powerful women with Chicago connections.

No. 11: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is a trustee at Northwestern University, where she earned a degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the McCormick Engineering school.

No. 13: First Lady of the U.S. Michelle Obama grew up on the South Side of Chicago and worked for the city, as an attorney and for University of Chicago before leaving with her president husband for D.C.

No. 21: Media mogul Oprah Winfrey lives in California, but she made her mark in television while she lived here (#westillclaimOprah!).

No. 23: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is on the list with her fellow female Supremes (Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor). Kagan was a law clerk for the late Abner Mikva, the beloved legal mind. She also taught at University of Chicago.

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