Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Priyanka Chopra join Angela Merkel on Forbes world's 100 most powerful women list

UK PM Theresa May has retained the second spot on the list for the second year in a row.

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From left: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Angela Merkel, and Priyanka Chopra.
NEW YORK: IT stalwart Roshni Nadar-Malhotra, biotechnology pioneer Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, media mogul Shobhana Bhartia and actor Priyanka Chopra have been named among the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes in a list topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel, 64, a four-time Chancellor, retained the top spot in The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2018. It is the eighth consecutive year and 13 times in total in the 15 years of the annual list she has topped.

She is followed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who for the second year in a row has retained the No 2 spot on the list. May, 62, is followed by International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde (No 3), General Motors CEO Mary Barra (No 4), and Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson (No 5).

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who for the second year in a row has retained the No 2 spot on the list, is followed by IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at number 3.

Nadar-Malhotra, CEO, HCL Technologies is ranked 51st on the list. The 37-year old is responsible for all strategic decisions for the USD 8.1 billion enterprise, which operates in technology, healthcare and infosystems.
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37-year old Roshni Nadar-Malhotra is ranked 51st on the list.

Nadar Malhotra is also the Vice Chairperson of the board of HCL Technologies and the Chairperson of its CSR Committee. She is a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is focused on education and has established some of India's top colleges and schools.

Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder and Chair, Biocon, is ranked 60. India's richest self-made woman had founded the country's largest biopharmaceutical firm in 1978.
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The firm has successfully forayed into the lucrative US biosimilars market, catching the attention of investors and creating a surge in market cap, Forbes said.

Biocon became the first company to gain approval from the USFDA for two different biosimilars of drugs used in certain cancer treatments.

The 65-year old business woman has invested in research infrastructure and scientific talent with the aim of building a deep R&D-based biotech firm, not a copycat generics maker.

Bhartia, 61, Chairperson and Managing Director, HT Media, is ranked 88th. In 2013, Bhartia launched the business weekly MintAsia in Singapore and then bought Webitude, a social and digital media outfit. HT Media's tutoring arm, Studymate, has expanded into coaching students for the admissions exam required by India's elite engineering schools.
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Chopra, who married American singer and actor Nick Jonas this week, comes in at the 94th spot.

Priyanka-Nick's Epic Sangeet Ceremony: Ambanis Join The Party; Isha, Sophie Turner Groove With Parineeti Chopra
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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who tied the knot in a Christian ceremony at Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan palace on Saturday, took to Instagram to share pictures from their sangeet ceremony. It was a night of love and laughter as the couples' families and friends grooved the night away.

The 36-year-old actress wrote on Instagram, "Nick and I were looking forward to the sangeet (musical evening), another pre-wedding ritual... and to see what each side had put together. And what a performance it was."

Both the families narrated the couple's love story through song and dance.

In Pic (clockwise from top right): Priyanka and Nick; Chopra with Isha Ambani and Parineeti; Sophie Turner with the groom's squad; Chopra with Nita and Mukesh Ambani.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who tied the knot in a Christian ceremony at Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan palace on Saturday, took to Instagram to share pictures from their sangeet ceremony. It was a night..
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For the sangeet ceremony, Priyanka Chopra channelled her desi girl look in a saree paired with a shimmering blouse and a diamond choker. Nick Jonas complemented her in a midnight blue kurta.

For the sangeet ceremony, Priyanka Chopra channelled her desi girl look in a saree paired with a shimmering blouse and a diamond choker. Nick Jonas complemented her in a midnight blue kurta.

Nick Jonas brought out his Bollywood avatar as he grooved with family and friends at what looks like an epic night.

Nick Jonas brought out his Bollywood avatar as he grooved with family and friends at what looks like an epic night.

The Ambanis, who reached Jodhpur on Saturday just ahead of the sangeet ceremony, were spotted sitting front row with Chopra and her mother. Nita Ambani opted for a ivory lehenga with a leheria dupatta, while the Reliance Industries Chairman was dressed in a black bandhgala.

The Ambanis, who reached Jodhpur on Saturday just ahead of the sangeet ceremony, were spotted sitting front row with Chopra and her mother. Nita Ambani opted for a ivory lehenga with a leheria dupatt..
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Designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, the decor at the function included fairy lights and mirror installations that lit up the Umaid Bhawan grounds. The designer-duo described the set up as an 'enchanted wonderland'.

The pictures by photographer Joseph Radhik showed the stars and their friends in full party mode.

Designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, the decor at the function included fairy lights and mirror installations that lit up the Umaid Bhawan grounds. The designer-duo described the set up as an 'en..
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The 'Quantico' actress and mum Madhu Chopra had a special performance up their sleeve as they took to the stage. Just like her daughter, Madhu Chopra, too, was dressed in a saree - albeit in blue.

The 'Quantico' actress and mum Madhu Chopra had a special performance up their sleeve as they took to the stage. Just like her daughter, Madhu Chopra, too, was dressed in a saree - albeit in blue.

Jonas's family and friends, including 'Game Of Thrones' star Sophie Turner, also performed to both Bollywood and English songs. In her Instagram post, Chopra said that the night began as a 'fierce dance and song competition between the families but ended, as always, as a huge celebration of love'.

Jonas's family and friends, including 'Game Of Thrones' star Sophie Turner, also performed to both Bollywood and English songs. In her Instagram post, Chopra said that the night began as a 'fierce da..
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The Jonas brothers, Kevin, Joe, and Frankie, gave his brother company in traditional, Indian attire by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. While the groom was in blue, his groomsmen were all dressed in black.

The Jonas brothers, Kevin, Joe, and Frankie, gave his brother company in traditional, Indian attire by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. While the groom was in blue, his groomsmen were all dressed in blac..
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The night ended with a winning side - the bride's - who won a trophy for their performance. But at the end it was all about love, as the families and friends all got together for a picture with the couple.

The night ended with a winning side - the bride's - who won a trophy for their performance. But at the end it was all about love, as the families and friends all got together for a picture with the c..
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Forbes said Chopra, 36, is "arguably the most successful Bollywood actor to cross over to Hollywood".

Chopra made her US big-screen debut in 2017's 'Baywatch' and became the first Indian actor to lead a drama series on American television as the former star of ABC's 'Quantico'.

She launched her own production company, Mumbai-based Purple Pebble Pictures, to promote regional filmmakers and emerging Indian talent.
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Forbes said Priyanka Chopra, 36, is "arguably the most successful Bollywood actor to cross over to Hollywood".

In 2018, she became a tech investor, putting money into dating app Bumble's investment fund and Holberton School for software engineering.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UN Foundation Girl Up Champion also launched the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education.

"Forbes' Most Powerful Women 2018 list reflects what is always known about power, how ephemeral it is and how volatile it can be," says Moira Forbes, Executive Vice President, Forbes Media.

"The world's most powerful women are leading amidst a tumultuous time where geopolitical tensions are on the rise, key economies are facing instability, and where trust in institutions is at an all-time low."

The 100 women on the list are women who are building billion-dollar brands, calling the shots in the financial markets, crisscrossing the globe to broker international agreements, and provide aid to those in need.

Their accomplishments are formidable on their own, and even more so given how difficult it can be to establish inroads into industries and job titles traditionally dominated by men, especially in tech, venture capital, and Hollywood.

They are builders, disruptors, and innovators in every sector from business to creative worlds, taking a modern, forward-looking view on power and using their positions to better the world.

Members of the 2018 Most Powerful Women list represent women in six categories: business (27 honorees), technology (18), finance (12), media & entertainment (16), politics & policy (22), and philanthropy (5). In total, the Power Women control or influence nearly USD 2 trillion in revenues and oversee 5 million employees.

The 2018 list spans more than six generations of influential women, with Taylor Swift the youngest honoree at 28 and Queen Elizabeth II the oldest at 92.
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28 -year-old Taylor Swift is the youngest honouree on the list, and Queen Elizabeth II the oldest at 92.

The list also includes siblings for the first time – Anne and Susan Wojcicki of 23andMe and YouTube respectively.
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Sisters Susan (L) and Anne Wojcicki also feature on the list.

North America represents 50 women on the list, Asia Pacific 22, Europe (inclusive of Russia and Turkey) 17, the United Kingdom 7, the Middle East 3, one in Africa.

Times Power Women 2018 Honour Shabana Azmi, Schauna Chauhan & Other Achievers With Heart Of Gold
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Women empowerment doesn’t just mean gender equality. It is also about having the authority and power to do something and becoming aware of one’s rights and privileges as well as the ability to control one’s life in a more meaningful and fulfilling way.

The Times Power Women – West India 2018, held at The Sofitel, powered by Vinay Aranha, celebrated such women who have brought about positive changes in society.

The event was graced by chief guest Amruta Fadnavis, actor Shabana Azmi, celebrity entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty, Masaba Gupta and more.

The event had Landmark cars as the auto partner, Maison des Perfumes as gifting partner and Horra as accessories partner.

In pic: Parle Agro's Schauna Chauhan (L) and actress Shabana Azmi (R).
Women empowerment doesn’t just mean gender equality. It is also about having the authority and power to do something and becoming aware of one’s rights and privileges as well as the ability to contro..
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The Times Power Women Awards celebrated women achievers who have made it their mission to serve society. Actress Shabana Azmi (R) presented the Theatre Veteran award to Raell Padamsee (L).

The Times Power Women Awards celebrated women achievers who have made it their mission to serve society. Actress Shabana Azmi (R) presented the Theatre Veteran award to Raell Padamsee (L).

Marathi actress Mrinal Kulkarni was felicitated as the Leading Actor in Marathi Cinema.

In pic: Kulkarni receives the award from Raell Padamsee.

Marathi actress Mrinal Kulkarni was felicitated as the Leading Actor in Marathi Cinema. In pic: Kulkarni receives the award from Raell Padamsee.

The Times Power Women Awards celebrated women who have brought about positive changes in society. Actress Sai Tamhankar (L) was felicitated as a Young Achiever in Marathi Cinema. Founding Dean of the Indian School of Management & Entrepreneurship Indu Shahni (R) presented the award.

The Times Power Women Awards celebrated women who have brought about positive changes in society. Actress Sai Tamhankar (L) was felicitated as a Young Achiever in Marathi Cinema. Founding Dean of t..
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In a world being run by social media, bloggers play an important role. Zeba Kohli honoured celebrity video influencer Scherezade Shroff (L) with the Social Media Blogger title.

In a world being run by social media, bloggers play an important role. Zeba Kohli honoured celebrity video influencer Scherezade Shroff (L) with the Social Media Blogger title.

Actress Shilpa Shetty (L) was felicitated by Shabana Azmi for her business achievements as Celebrity Entrepreneur of the Year.

The felicitations at the event were based on the contribution of various individuals in different fields/categories and were selected by an internal panel of the publishing house.

Actress Shilpa Shetty (L) was felicitated by Shabana Azmi for her business achievements as Celebrity Entrepreneur of the Year. The felicitations at the event were based on the contribution of va..
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Actress Mandira Bedi (L), who has come to be known as a fitness icon, was felicitated as the Fittest Fashion Icon of the Year. Bedi had lost 22 kgs in just 6 months after the birth of her first child.

The award was presented by Vinay Aranha, Director, Rosary Group.

Actress Mandira Bedi (L), who has come to be known as a fitness icon, was felicitated as the Fittest Fashion Icon of the Year. Bedi had lost 22 kgs in just 6 months after the birth of her first chi..
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The awards recognised the women of today who are surging forward in society as agents of change and contributing to economic development. Dr Indu Shahani (R) felicitated chocolatier Zeba Kohli (L) as an Employer of Women workforce.

The awards recognised the women of today who are surging forward in society as agents of change and contributing to economic development. Dr Indu Shahani (R) felicitated chocolatier Zeba Kohli (L)..
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'Ambarsariya', 'Bedardi Raja', 'Naina' and many other melodious tracks have made Sona Mohapatra a household name. The singer was honoured with the Leading Playback Singer title.

In pic: Sona Mohapatra (L) with banker, singer and social activist Amruta Fadnavis (R).

'Ambarsariya', 'Bedardi Raja', 'Naina' and many other melodious tracks have made Sona Mohapatra a household name. The singer was honoured with the Leading Playback Singer title. In pic: Sona Moha..
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Actress Shabana Azmi was honoured with the title of Legendary Role Model in Indian Cinema by Amruta Fadnavis (R).

Actress Shabana Azmi was honoured with the title of Legendary Role Model in Indian Cinema by Amruta Fadnavis (R).

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