22 Asian women make Forbes most powerful list

June 8, 2016 2:28 PM (UTC+8)


Forbes came out with its list of the World’s 100 most powerful women on Monday and 22 Asian women made the list. While eight of them from China alone, two more than last year, many Asian countries were represented.

The Asian woman with the highest spot on the list was South Korea’s 64-year-old President Park Geun-hye at #12. Pretty impressive.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrives at an economic forum with French employer's body MEDEF union in Paris, France, June 2, 2016 as part of a four-day state visit in France. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Forbes’ most powerful Asian woman; REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Keeping with the trend of world leaders, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, 59 years old, landed at #17.

Arundghati Bhattacharya, 60, the chair of the State Bank of India landed at #25, up from #30 in 2015.

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, 70, now the state counselor for Myanmar, was #26 on the list.

Of course, after world leaders came corporate leaders. Ho Ching, 63, the chief executive officer of Singapore state-owned investment firm Temasek came in at #30, up from #43 last year.

Once again, China’s most powerful woman is 43-year-old Chongqing native Lucy Peng (Peng Lei), co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and chief executive of Alibaba’s Ant Financial Services. She placed at #35 on the list.

Alibaba's Lucy Peng
Alibaba’s Lucy Peng

Number 36 was Bangladesh’s 68-year-old prime minister, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, up from #59 last year.

Indonesia’s Sri Mulyani Indrawati came in at #37. The 53-year-old is the No. 2 managing director at the World Bank.

Hong Kong-born Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization since 2006 is 68 years old. She was #38 on the list, up from #62 in 2015.

Chanda Kochhar was #40. The 54-year-old is the chief executive of ICICI Bank, India’s largest private-sector lender.

Hong Kong’s Pollyanna Chu landed at #42. The 58-year-old cofounded the financial firm Kingston Securities with her husband.

Nepal’s 54-year-old President Bidya Devi Bhandari was #52 on the list.

China’s 53-year-old First Lady Peng Liyuan landed at #58.

Zhou Qunfei, the world’s richest tech founder as 88%-owner of Lens Technology, the world’s largest maker of glass covers for mobile phones and tablet, is #61. Born on the mainland, the 46-year-old now lives in Hong Kong.

Vietnam’s first entry is 46-year-old Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao at #62. She’s the cofounder and chair of Vietnam’s Sovico’s Holdings, which owns commercial HD Bank and international budget airline VietJet Air.

Number 63 is China’s Dong Mingzhu, 62, the chairwoman and president of air-conditioner maker Gree Electric Appliances. The New York Times has called her “one of the toughest businesswomen in China.”

HT Media's Shobhana Bhartia
HT Media’s Shobhana Bhartia

Feng Ying Wang, the CEO of Great Wall Motor Company, China’s third-largest automaker, is #69.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the 63-year-old founder and chair of Biocon, an Indian biotechnology firm was #77.
The final Chinese woman on the list was once again Hong Kong businesswoman Solina Chau, at #81. The 54-year-old cofounded Horizons Ventures, which invests in tech ventures.

Shobhana Bhartia, 59, the chairwoman and editorial director for India’s largest listed media company, HT Media, and publisher of the English and Hindi language dailies, Hindustan Times and HT Mumbai, comes in at #93.

South Korea’s richest woman, Lee Boo-Jin, landed at #98. The 45-year-old runs Samsung C&T, which operates a resort and provides a range of business services.

Singapore’s Jenny Lee rounds out the list coming in at #100. She’s managing partner of GGV Capital, one of the most respected investors in the Chinese tech scene.