Updated: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:22:47 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Forbes' most powerful women in the world 2012

Who made it onto this year's female Power List?

Who made it onto this year's female Power List? (© Reuters)
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For the past nine years, Forbes magazine has released an annual list of the world's 100 most powerful women. Based on public visibility and economic impact, it's a snapshot of the women making a difference worldwide in 2012. This year's list includes eight heads of state, 25 CEOs, dozens of entrepreneurs and a smattering of celebrity philanthropists.

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