Michelle is now the world's First Lady
Michelle Obama has been named as the world's most powerful woman, ahead of the likes of Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and Oprah Winfrey. Queen Elizabeth did not even make the top 10.
Mrs Obama rose to the top spot in this year's Most Powerful Women list, released yesterday by the US business magazine 'Forbes', after being placed a relatively lowly 40th last year.
Mrs Clinton, the US Secretary of State, also enjoyed a significant rise in the rankings, from 36th last year to fifth.
'Forbes' said this year's index took less account of traditional calculations of wealth and position, setting more store by the women's creative influence and entrepreneurship.
"Mrs Clinton has been at the focus of a great deal of media attention with her work in the Middle East over the last 12 months. She was also heavily involved in nuclear talks in Russia and with the Turkish-Armenian Treaty," said Mary Ellen Egan, executive managing editor of 'ForbesWoman'.
Ms Egan explained that the formulation of this year's list was weighted more towards media attention and social influence.
Queen Elizabeth II, the only British woman to make the top 100, rose up the rankings by one place to 41st.
This puts the Queen far below singers Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles (7th and 9th respectively) and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4th).
The respected index is drawn up each year by the US magazine as part of a series of lists measuring influence.
American women dominate the top 10, with Angela Merkel the highest-ranked European. Further down the list, France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy comes in at 35th, while model Heidi Klum is at 39. (© The Independent News Service)