The annual ‘World’s Most Powerful Women’ list from Forbes highlights the achievements and influence women in a variety of fields: from CEOs to celebrity role models, entrepreneurs and politicians such as Angela Merkel, who tops the list for the sixth time.
Women in tech feature prominently too, with six making it into the top 25, and 16 in total.
Here are the ten most influential in the world this year...
1. 1. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO
Sheryl Sandberg is ranked 7th on this year's list, moving up one place from last year.
Facebook's chief operating officer became the first woman on the board in 2012 after joining the social networking firm from Google in 2007. She has previously worked as the chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury.
As well as supporting continued growth at Facebook, she has promoted initiatives to address the gender gap within the tech industry and is on the board of Women for Women International.
Sandberg's current net worth is $1.38 billion.
2. 2. Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO
Susan Wojcicki is ranked 8th on this year's list, moving up one place.
Wojcicki has been part of the Google team since the early days – with Larry Page and Sergey Brin setting up their first office in her garage before becoming marketing manager in 1999. She is now the CEO of video streaming site YouTube, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Wojcicki's current net worth is $350 Million.
3. 3. Meg Whitman, HPE CEO
Meg Whitman is ranked 9th on this year's list, moving up five places.
Before joining HPE, Whitman was responsible for turning online shopping site eBay into a multibillion dollar business.
Whitman's current net worth is $2 Billion.
4. 4. Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO
Ginni Rometty is ranked 11th on this year's list, moving up two places.
Since joining IBM four years ago as chairwoman, president and CEO, Rommetty has had the tough task of reversing the fortunes of the tech giant, which has seen quarter after quarter of revenue declines.
However, investments in data analytics and cloud computing have led to customers wins as Rometty attempts to refocus the business.
5. 5. Angela Ahrendts, SVP for retail at Apple
Angela Ahrendts is ranked 15th on this year's list, moving up 10 places.
As Apple’s SVP for retail, the former Burberry CEO is responsible for both online sales channels and bricks ‘n’ mortars shops at the world’s largest company. Ahrendts is currently the only woman on the company’s executive board.
6. 6. Safra Catz, Oracle co-CEO
Safra Catz is ranked 20th on this year's list, climbing four places from last year's place of 24th.
Catz took the step up to the co-CEO role at Oracle at the end of 2014 as founder Larry Ellison moved aside to become CTO.
She now shares responsibilities for leading strategy at one of the world’s largest tech firms alongside former HP CEO Mark Hurd.
Catz current net worth is $510 Million.
7. 7. Ruth Porat, Alphabet CFO
Ruth Porat is ranked 27th on this year's list, climbing five places from last year.
Porat made the jump from Wall Street to Silicon Valley last this year, an increasingly common scenario of top talent moving from finance to tech. Having previously served as chief financial officer and executive vice president for Morgan Stanley, she is now CFO for Google parent company Alphabet.
8. 8. Ursula Burns, Xerox CEO
Ursula Burns is ranked 34th on this year's list, falling five places from 2015.
Burns is responsible for leading the printer firm’s move into outsourced services. She joined Xerox in 2009 as the first female African-American CEO of a Fortune 500 company, having worked at the company since 1980.
Burns recently indicated that she will be stepping down at the company next year after six years as CEO.
9. 9. Lucy Peng, AliPay CEO
Lucy Peng is ranked 35th on this year's list, falling two places from last year's place of 33rd.
Peng is one of the founders of online business giant Alibaba Group, and has responsibility as human resources manager at the firm.
Having previously served as CEO of payments arm, AliPay, Peng now heads up the Ant financial Services business.
10. 10. Amy Hood, Microsoft CFO
Amy Hood is ranked 44th on this year's list, moving up 10 places from last year's ranking of 54th.
Hood was appointed chief financial officer at Microsoft in 2013, and after initially joining the company in 2002. Hood is also chief of staff in the Server and Tools Business and heads up the strategy and business development team.