German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tops Forbes List Of Most Powerful Women Forbes just released its list of this year's 100 most powerful women , and it's a fearsome collection of heads of state, captains of industry, and entertainment giants. Coming in at #1 is Germany's first female Chancellor, Angela Merkel, she of the towering intellect (and towering cleavage) . Another notable in the top ten is Indra K. Nooyi, the head of PepsiCo , who is the highest-paid female CEO in America and, as we previously mentioned, makes one-fourteenth of how much Larry Ellison, head of Oracle, pulled in last year. Forbes notes that fewer than 3% of of the country's biggest companies have female CEOs, and while women constitute 46% of the American labor force, they hold only 15% of the top corporate jobs.But in this unfortunate economic climate, that 15% is still hurting, as Forbes points out that many top women in business, like beleaguered former Morgan Stanley exec Zoe Cruz , have lost their jobs this year. There are, of course, still many impressive business bitches holding it down, including #8 Ho Ching, the head of Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek, #18 Mary Sammons, the CEO of Rite Aid, #19 Andrea Jung, the CEO of Avon, and #60 Judy McGrath, the CEO of MTV. Angela Merkel is also in good company, with stateswomen like Argentinean President #13 Cristina Fernandez and deposed Myanmar Prime Minister/ Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, not to mention our girl Hillary Clinton at #28. The list isn't all politicians and businesswomen: Meredith Vieira (#61) edges out Katie Couric (62), Barbara Walters (63), Diane Sawyer (65), and Christine Amanpour (#91) to be the most powerful woman in news, and architect Zaha Hadid comes in at #69. Whatever their professions, however, these women are much more impressive feminist icons than Candace Bushnell or Jenna Jameson. 100 Most Powerful Women [Forbes] Earlier: German Titocracy the Why Do We Know Lauren Conrad & Not Indra Nooyi? Zoe Cruz Told Mortgage Traders To "Cut Losses," But They Thought She Was Just High On Crack