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Taiwan president ranked 37th most powerful woman in world

Tsai's ranking rises 4 spots over last year as leadership during Covid seen as 'global model'

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(Forbes image)

(Forbes image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has risen to 37th on Forbes' annual World's 100 Most Powerful Women list for 2020 due to her exceptional leadership during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, setting a "global model."

On Tuesday (Dec. 8), Forbes announced its annual World's 100 Most Powerful Women list for 2020. In the top spot was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by Christine Lagarde, Kamala Harris, Ursula von der Leyen, Melinda Gates, Marry Barra, Nancy Pelosi, Ana Patria Botin, Abigail Johnson, and Gail Boudreaux, rounding out the top 10.

Tsai rose four spots from the publication's 2019 list, ranking 37th place. Forbes noted that Tsai was reelected with over 57 percent of the popular vote, which the magazine described as a "rebuke to Beijing's efforts to control the island."

Taiwan president ranked 37th most powerful woman in world
President Tsai. (Office of the President photo)

Forbes praised Tsai's leadership through the pandemic as being viewed as a "global model." The publication credited Taiwan's stringent tracking and tracing efforts as preventing a mass outbreak.

The magazine's entry for Tsai also noted her increased overtures to the U.S. and pledge to make "Taiwan an indispensable member of the world" through the development of its biotech, defense, and green energy sectors.

Ahead of Tsai in East Asia, Forbes ranked Executive Director of China's Ping An Group, Jessica Tan (陳心穎); Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings and Singaporean First Lady, Ho Ching (何晶); and Chief executive officer of Yum China Holdings, Inc., Joey Wat (屈翠容).


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