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Okonjo-Iweala, Alakija Nigerians make Forbes’ most powerful women list [FULL LIST]

Nigerian billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija and Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala have been named among the world's most powerful women by Forbes.

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Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named among the most powerful women in the world by Forbes.

Also on the list is Nigerian billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija, who occupies the 87th spot.

Okonjo-Iweala, who also recently received an honorary degree from Yale, is number 48 on the list.

Find their profiles and the full list below:

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala:

The minister of finance for Nigeria, has helped the country's economy, the largest in Africa, grow an average of 6% (per annum) over three years.

She is credited with developing reform programs that helped improve governmental transparency and stabilizing the economy. Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman to be the finance minister and the foreign minister of the West African country with a GDP of $502 billion.

But the start of the year has been difficult for Nigeria. The country voted in former general Muhammadu Buhari as president, ousting long-time President Goodluck Jonathan, with the hope he will help fight against the local terrorist group Boko Haram.

Harvard- and M.I.T.-trained Okonjo-Iweala spent 21 years as a development economist at the World Bank.

Folorunsho Alakija:

The richest self-made woman in Africa and one of just two female billionaires on the continent. Folorunsho Alakija's first company was an upscale fashion label that catered to Nigeria's elite, including the wife of the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida.

This connection paid off: the president later gave Alakija's company a prospecting license for one of the most lucrative oil fields in Nigeria. The drop in oil prices has dented the fortune of Alakija, one of just two women billionaires in Africa.

Find the full list below:

  1.                         Angela Merkel        

  2.                         Hillary Clinton        

  3.                         Melinda Gates        

  4.                         Janet Yellen             

  5.                         Mary Barra 

  6.                         Christine Lagarde  

  7.                         Dilma Rousseff       

  8.                        Sheryl Sandberg     

  9.                         Susan Wojcicki       

  10.                         Michelle Obama    

  11.                         Park Geun-hye       

  12.                         Oprah Winfrey      

  13.                         Ginni Rometty        

  14.                         Meg Whitman        

  15.                         Indra Nooyi 

  16.                         Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 

  17.                         Irene Rosenfeld     

  18.                         Ana Patricia Botín 

  19.                         Abigail Johnson      

  20.                         Marillyn Hewson   

  21.                         Beyoncé Knowles  

  22.                         Marissa Mayer       

  23.                         Helen Clark             

  24.                         Safra Catz    

  25.                         Angela Ahrendts    

  26.                        Ellen Kullman          

  27.                         Michelle Bachelet  

  28.                         Anna Wintour        

  29.                        Ursula Burns            

  30.                        Arundhati Bhattacharya  

  31.                         Sri Mulyani Indrawati      

  32.                         Ruth Porat   

  33.                         Lucy Peng    

  34.                         Loretta Lynch         

  35.                         Chanda Kochhar    

  36.                         Federica Mogherini          

  37.                         Gina Rinehart         

  38.                         Nancy Pelosi           

  39.                         Adena Friedman    

  40.                         Ewa Kopacz

  41.                         Queen Elizabeth II 

  42.                         Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi 

  43.                         Ho Ching      

  44.                         Laurene Powell Jobs         

  45.                         Renée James           

  46.                         Drew Gilpin Faust             

  47.                         Ertharin Cousin      

  48.                         Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala       

  49.                         Samantha Power  

  50.                         Ellen DeGeneres    

  51.                         Amy Hood   

  52.                         Bonnie Hammer    

  53.                         Mary Callahan Erdoes      

  54.                         Angelina Jolie                     

  55.                         Beth Comstock       

  56.                         Phebe Novakovic  

  57.                         Sofía Vergara         

  58.                         Donna Langley       

  59.                         Sheikh Hasina Wajed       

  60.                         Katie Jacobs Stanton        

  61.                         Arianna Huffington          

  62.                         Margaret Chan      

  63.                         Mary Jo White       

  64.                         Taylor Swift            

  65.                         Rosalind Brewer    

  66.                         Nemat (Minouche) Shafik          

  67.                         Lubna S. Olayan    

  68.                         Peng Liyuan

  69.                         Zhang Xin    

  70.                         Güler Sabanci         

  71.                         Elvira Nabiullina     

  72.                         Elizabeth Holmes   

  73.                         Tory Burch  

  74.                         Dana Walden         

  75.                         Diane von Furstenberg                

  76.                        Carol Meyrowitz    

  77.                        Mary Meeker         

  78.                         Solina Chau 

  79.                         Miuccia Prada        

  80.                         Katharine Viner     

  81.                         Shakira Mebarak   

  82.                         Yao Chen     

  83.                         Fabiola Gianotti     

  84.                         Padmasree Warrior          

  85.                         Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw   

  86.                         Kaci Kullmann Five            

  87.                         Folorunsho Alakija            

  88.                         Judy Faulkner

  89.                         Patricia Harris        

  90.                         Gwynne Shotwell  

  91.                         Sara Blakely            

  92.                         Risa Lavizzo-Mourey        

  93.                         Shobhana Bhartia 

  94.                         Beth Brooke-Marciniak   

  95.                         Weili Dai      

  96.                         Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf        

  97.                         Raja Easa Al Gurg  

  98.                         Jenny Lee     

  99.                         Greta Van Susteren          

  100.                         Lee Boo-Jin  

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