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Top 10 World's Most Powerful Women of 2006
Written and Compiled by Ahreeman X
February 22, 2007

From Forbes 2006 Top 100 Most Powerful Women of the world List
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Female Power Generators of The World
Angela Merkel and Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Now I am sure that many would love to see bimbos like Pamela Anderson or Britney Spears' face on this list, what can I say, "Simple Minds, Simple Pleasures"! I am sorry folks; this is not the list of "Top Global Sluts"! This is the list of most powerful and relevant women in global politics, business, and finance. These are the women who build the world and control the world. These are my kind of women. Don't get me wrong, I do not believe in discrimination, yet I believe in banging "All" including but not limited to: desperate housewives, homemakers with no education, T&A illiterate bimbos, and young girl toys! Bimbos, Bimbettes (small size and young bimbos) are good to bang here or there, but you can't live with them, you can't steadily date them, and you surely can't take them to formal receptions or Mom's house! How can you stand them more than few hours of rough sex? Bimbos are good for few hours of Yah Bah Youh Bah, here and there, but these power women are the ones whom you would like to associate with, consort with, have discussions with, and take them to official banquets and night receptions.

I enjoy the company of highly sophisticated, highly educated (not only schooled) and extremely beautiful and sexy powerful career women. Now some of these ladies on the list are too old for my taste and some do not make it in the looks department, but hey, whatever that they lack, I am sure they make it in brains department! As you know I am an Iranian Redneck, so In other words, back in South we say: These women ain't no Daisy but I'm their Huckleberry!

You see knowledgeable powerful career women are my beef. Desperate housewives, homemakers with no education, T&A bimbos, and young bimbettes simply will not do! I just love powerful women. Do you know what I mean jellybean? So without further due, let's dig in, shall we?

Tough Choice between the Giants!
Who would you choose?
Angie or Condy?
Say Cheese?
Smile Girls!

Top 10 of Top 100:

Top Power Women of 2006

1. Angela Merkel
Germany - Chancellor

Tired of battling disgruntled government officials and voters, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder called for early elections last year. Big mistake. It bounced him out of his position and brought pro-market Merkel, the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, to power. The first female chancellor in Germany's history, and the first woman to lead Germany since it became a nation-state in 1871, Merkel is a favorite of German business. From humble beginnings as a Lutheran pastor's daughter in Hamburg, she graduated with a doctorate of physics from the University of Leipzig. Unassuming and diplomatically astute, Merkel was later named secretary-general of the Christian Democratic Union, Germany's largest conservative political party, after the Kohl government fell in 1998. Along with her pro-free-market reform agenda, Merkel advocates a strong German-American relationship, evidenced by her support of the proposals to bring Iran to the nuclear negotiating table. Merkel has been overhauling the government's health care system and cumbersome corporate tax policies. She has also put her strict budgetary imprint on the sprawling European Union budget debates. With her conciliatory powers, Merkel has managed to maintain impressive approval ratings both home and abroad.

2. Condoleezza Rice
US - Secretary of State

As his ratings collapse largely due to the progress of the Iraq war, U.S. President George W. Bush increasingly seeks counsel from one of his closest advisers, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 51. A pragmatist now quite familiar with the halls of power, Rice is America's top diplomat and has demonstrated growing influence over U.S. foreign policy in Bush's second term, defending Bush's policies around the globe. A foreign policy realist who favors face-to-face negotiations, Rice made a surprise visit to Beirut in an attempt to hammer out a cease-fire agreement in the recent fighting in the Middle East, and she is working to defang Iran and North Korea, both intent on stepping up their nuclear programs. In fact, Rice is an inveterate globetrotter, racking up nearly a half million miles so far this year visiting dozens of countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice's message is one of "transformational democracy," a political philosophy she laid out in a speech at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in January. It states that the U.S. will "work with our many partners around the world to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that will respond to the needs of their people." Rice won rave reviews recently for her piano performance at Asian security talks in Kuala Lumpur. She has hinted that her next career move may be in music, rather than a rumored presidential run.

3. Wu Yi
China - Vice Premier

China's resource-starved and fast-paced economy has kept Vice Premier and Minister of Health Wu Yi busy this year. Among the issues on her very full plate: Addressing intellectual copyright concerns and trade imbalances while nurturing new markets. She placated the European Union when she declared "bilateral trade cooperation is in the common interests of both sides." To prove the point, she announced more than $18 billion worth of government contracts, including an estimated $5 billion order of Boeing aircraft, while visiting the U.S. in April. A long-time Communist party member, Wu, 67, also traveled to North Korea on an "official goodwill" visit, part of the six-party talks to end the nuclear stand-off, an effort Beijing has been leading as regional dealmaker.

4. Indra Nooyi
US - Chief Executive-Designate, PepsiCola

Few people could handle either the presidential or the chief financial officer job at a company worth $100 billion. But not only has Nooyi held both offices since 2001, she was recently hand-picked to become Pepsi's new chief executive, effective Oct. 1. Nooyi has a string of career successes that helped her land the corner office at the food and beverage giant. She was the lead negotiator on Pepsi's $13.8 billion purchase of Quaker Oats and worked on its acquisition of Tropicana, as well as the spin-offs of its restaurant and bottling businesses. Lately, Nooyi has had to contend with a Pepsi Challenge of another sort-allegations from a research organization in India that Pepsi soda is laced with pesticides, charges that were also leveled at Pepsico's rival Coca-Cola. (India's health ministry recently said it found no evidence to back the claim.) Previously, Nooyi was an executive at Asea Brown Boveri, Motorola and Boston Consulting Group. Before emigrating to the U.S. from India in 1978, Nooyi was a product manager at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, a textile outfit, in India. Nooyi, who fronted an all-female rock band in college, is on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

5. Anne Mulcahy
US - Chairman and Chief Executive, Xerox

One of the few women to run a top publicly traded company, Mulcahy is a Xerox veteran who started as a sales rep 30 years ago. She assumed the company's top post in 2002, when she helped pull Xerox out of a near-fatal slump. Today, Mulcahy battles to reinvigorate Xerox while fending off competition from Hewlett-Packard, Eastman Kodak and Dell. Her weapons of choice: consulting services and color printing, specifically the commercial-strength iGen3 digital printer. Working at Xerox is a family affair for Mulcahy. Her husband is a retired Xerox exec, and her older brother now runs its global services group.

6. Sallie Krawcheck
US - Chief Financial Officer, Citigroup

Having landed one of the most prestigious finance jobs on Wall Street before her 40th birthday, Krawcheck still manages to be self-effacing. When asked recently in front of an audience how it feels to be such a high-profile woman in capitalism's biggest boys' club, Krawcheck first said she has always been an outsider, and then confessed she was an awkward teen. The one-time chief of research outfit Sanford C. Bernstein, Krawcheck became Citigroup's highest-ranking female after Marjorie Magner left her job as head of Citi's global consumer business. Krawcheck now has to contend with plateauing revenue growth and a lethargic stock price. Late last year, she helped oversee Citi's move to swap its asset management business for Legg Mason's broker network in a $3.7 billion deal. She's also responsible for Citi's investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning.

7. Patricia Woertz
US - Chief Executive and President of Archer Daniels Midland Agriculture

It's probably the shortest retirement in corporate history. A few months after Woertz retired as executive vice president at Chevron, Archer Daniels Midland came knocking, offering her the chance to run the $35.9 billion agribusiness giant. On May 1, she replaced G. Allen Andreas, who is still chairman, and became the first person outside the Andreas clan to lead the company since 1970. The changes go beyond her last name and gender. Under Woertz, ADM-a company that processes soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa into food-is becoming an alternative energy play, turning crops into fuel alternatives like ethanol and biodiesel. Woertz, who is also ADM's president, is drawing on her experience in the petroleum industry, where she worked until this year, first at Gulf Oil, then at Chevron when the two companies merged. Outside ADM, Woertz sits on the board of trustees of University of San Diego and the board of visitors at her alma mater, Penn State. She has three children.

8. Anne Lauvergeon
France - Chairman of Areva Nuclear-Engineering Company

Lauvergeon has managed to keep revenue soaring at Areva, the French nuclear-engineering company, despite its government ownership. Lately, Lauvergeon argues that nuclear reactors don't emit the nasty greenhouse gases associated with coal- and gas-fired plants, which churn out most of the world's electricity. As oil prices soar and power failures seem to increase at electric utilities, the world is giving nuclear another look. In terms of sales, Areva is the leading player in the U.S.'s burgeoning nuclear power sector. Once it gets a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Areva could soon install the first new nuclear reactors on U.S. soil in 30 years, thanks to a recently signed deal with Baltimore-based Constellation Energy. A former aide to the late socialist President Francois Mitterrand, Lauvergeon once held jobs at Lazard Freres and Alcatel. She now is expanding Areva's reach globally.

9. Brenda Barnes
US - Chairman and Chief Executive, Sara Lee

Barnes took over the helm of struggling Sara Lee in February 2005 and immediately announced major overhauls aimed at making the company a more focused branded food maker. That meant unloading businesses that accounted for up to 40% of sales, including Sara Lee's European nuts, snacks and apparel businesses. Hanes, Champion and Playtex, all Sara Lee units, will soon spin off into a new publicly traded outfit called Hanesbrands. Folksy ads-Jimmy Dean sausage, for example-have been modernized. But Sara Lee investors are still waiting for Barnes' efforts to pay off. The stock is off 25% since she became chief executive. Barnes, 52, spent 22 years at PepsiCo. She left in 1998 to spend more time with her family, and she has since been the most oft-cited example in the business press of a woman who exited the corporate suite, then returned only to regain executive power.

10. Zoe Cruz
US - Co-President, Morgan Stanley

Co-president with Robert Scully since early 2006, Cruz survived the Morgan Stanley power struggle that saw the ouster of Philip Purcell and the arrival of John Mack as chief executive in 2005. In her corner: the profitable bonds, commodities and currencies businesses. A 24-year veteran of the firm, Cruz now oversees the institutional securities business, investment banking and retail brokerage operations after running one of the largest trading desks on Wall Street from 2000 to 2005. Sitting on more than $60 million in restricted stock and over $5 million in stock options that will vest within three years, Cruz has solidified her position as a powerhouse on Wall Street. She joined the firm in 1982 in the investment banking division, becoming a managing director in 1990. Cruz served as co-head of Morgan Stanley's foreign exchange department from 1993 to 2000.

Now let's take a look at some interesting characters ranked below Top 10:

Other Power Women

12. Melinda Gates
US - Co-Founder, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Co-founder and director of a foundation with more assets than the GDP of over 100 nations, Gates, 42, has devoted her energies since the foundation's founding in 1994 to targeting the world's three biggest killer diseases-AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria-among other scourges. The foundation has bankrolled scores of causes, giving grants to groups for health and disease eradication, as well as those that fight to eliminate human sex trafficking, improve education and groups that champion microfinancing. The foundation's roughly $30 billion endowment is set to double in size in the coming years, thanks to billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who plans to donate $30 billion of his fortune to the Gates Foundation. Melinda Gates was named by Time magazine as one of its three Persons of the Year in 2005, along with U2 front man Bono and her husband Bill, who recently made headlines with his decision to quit Microsoft to do more charity work. She is focusing on African and Asian sub-continent countries. She serves on the boards of and The Washington Post Company.

13. Sonia Gandhi
India - President, National Congress Party

Gandhi, the Italian-born leader of India's most powerful political party, the Indian National Congress, has traveled far since she tentatively entered India's political maelstrom in the 1990s. The daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi, she won a general election victory in May 2004 but then took a pass on the prime minister job, giving it to pro-business Manmohan Singh. Though critics used the move to call into question her power, Gandhi is still widely revered, especially among the country's poor millions. Gandhi heads the left-leaning party of Jawaharlal Nehru. She frequently expresses concern that India's astounding economic growth is leaving the poor behind, and that her country is not doing enough to help its farmers. After July's bombings in the Mumbai train system killed nearly 200, Gandhi flew in to visit the injured in local hospitals. Her mother-in-law, Indira, served as prime minister before being assassinated by her bodyguards in 1984. Sonia Gandhi's husband, Rajiv, took the prime minister's post following his mother's death, and was killed himself by Tamil Tiger rebels in 1991. After Rajiv's death, Sonia became reclusive, but she later returned to public life ready to serve.

15. Anne Sweeney
US - Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks

The gentle, self-effacing Sweeney, who is also president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, oversees a powerful array of some of the most important media properties on the planet. Sweeney is responsible for ABC, the Touchstone TV studio, Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Soapnet and ABC Family. The company has scored big successes with shows like Desperate Housewives and Lost. Prior to Disney, Sweeney had successful careers at Nickelodeon and FX, where she oversaw the largest basic-cable launch in history. Disney-ABC desperately needs that experience, as competition from broadband and wireless technologies bears down on it, and as the company figures out how to leverage its content across different platforms. To wit, Disney struck a deal with Apple last October to sell downloadable television shows on Apple's iTunes music store.

17. Michelle Bachelet
Chile - President

Bachelet, 54, Chile's first female president (and only the second woman elected to lead a South American nation) was sworn in last March. A coterie of Forbes' Most Powerful Women attended the inauguration, from New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Bachelet got the star treatment again when she traveled to the U.S. for a dinner in June, where she met Forbes' Women's listers Sen. Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Bachelet's path to the top was not easy. Her father, Air Force Brigadier Gen. Alberto Bachelet Martinez, was imprisoned for working with former Chilean president Salvador Allende after Gen. Augusto Pinochet staged a coup in 1973; he later died in prison. Bachelet herself was arrested and later exiled. She returned to Chile in 1979 to pursue her medical studies, joining the Health Ministry as a consultant in 1994. She held various ministerial posts, including health and defense, before resigning in 2004 to pursue a formal run for the presidency. She won in a run-off election last January.

20. Helen Clark
New Zealand - Prime Minister

After an election squeaker last year, Clark kept power only to face trade imbalance challenges after a long Kiwi boom. A cabinet minister's resignation in a scandal earlier this year also rocked the boat. Clark wasn't distracted, though, from continuing to promote trade ties from China to Chile for one of the world's most globalized economies. With a 30-year career in the Labor Party, her success at forging coalitions has made her popular both inside and outside her party. Under her stewardship, New Zealand has enjoyed a resurgent economy and low unemployment. Clark continues to encourage New Zealand businesses to look to markets abroad.

22. Margaret Whitman
US - Chief Executive, President, eBay

Whitman runs eBay, the world's biggest online auctioneer and one of the biggest Internet success stories. But eBay has hit turbulence lately. The San Jose, Calif., titan has suffered a brain drain lately; the president of its PayPal online-payment unit (hailed as Whitman's successor), its chief operating officer, two senior vice presidents and a regional manager have all left the company. Ebay also faces an increasing barrage of questions from Wall Street on how the company will accelerate sales as it matures and as competing Internet auctioneers intrude on its turf. To bolster its position, eBay inked a deal to let Google exclusively display text ads on its auction Web sites outside the U.S. and to cooperate in finding ways to let consumers call merchants and advertisers directly. Whitman's company reached a similar pact with Yahoo! earlier this year. eBay also shelled out over $1 billion to acquire seven companies. Whitman hopes to parlay eBay's $2.5 billion stock-and-cash purchase of Skype, the Internet phone provider, into a major asset. Whitman, who has taken a pay cut of about 60%, is still one of the wealthiest people on earth. She serves on the boards of eBay, DreamWorks Animation and Procter & Gamble.

And that's all folks. We will see what happens in 2007. See ya this time next year! I just love them powerful women!

Girls, always remember that shaking your butts at the Rave will get you so far, so try developing your brains. If you are looking for role models, then stop looking in tabloids to seek the gossip about the latest bimbo in pop music and start looking up to these ladies and see how they done it!

Dr. X

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