The Queen has made it into Forbes’ most powerful women in the world list. Her Majesty is now among the highest climbers in this year’s top 30, rising from 43rd place last year.
Elizabeth II ranks at 29th place, and is the oldest woman to feature on the list. Aged 90 – with her official birthday celebration of Trooping the Colour taking place on Saturday – she is 13 years more senior than the next-oldest woman on the list, a Ms Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf from Liberia.
It was the politicians who came out on top, with Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, in first place, followed by the Deomcratic nomination, Hillary Clinton.
The top five entries are all American: Janet Yellin, Melinda Gates, and Miranda Barry complete the fivesome.
Her Majesty represents just one of six British women in Forbes’ view, and is the highest ranked of them all. The list takes into consideration wealth, appearance in the media and influential potential. Last year, the Monarch was valued as having a net worth of almost £300 million (£292,291,081).
Merkel topped the list every year since 2006-2016 save for 2011, that when American First Lady Michelle Obama took the top spot.
“They are the smartest and toughest female business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs making their mark in the world today,” the Forbes website says of the women featured on the list.
“They’re women who are building billion-dollar brands, calling the shots in the financial markets, and crisscrossing the globe to broker international agreements and provide aid.”
The Queen has been featured on the list since its inception in 2004, coming in at 41st in that year.
No European or world Monarch’s feature: Her Majesty is the only monarch on the list, as was the case last year.