US first lady Michelle Obama is among the world's 100 most powerful women in a list topped for the fourth consecutive year by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to a Forbes ranking released on Wednesday.
Obama debuted at No. 40, coming in ahead of talk show host Oprah Winfrey at 41 and Britain's Queen Elizabeth at 42.
Sheila Bair, chair of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which insures bank deposits, retained the No. 2 spot after debuting on the Forbes list last year. She has gained increased prominence as the US recession grinds on.
The chief executives of PepsiCo, Anglo American, Temasek, Kraft Foods, WellPoint, and Areva all remain in the Forbes top 10.
The list is based on factors such as economic impact, media reach and career accomplishments.
The chief executives of Dupont and Sunoco are new to the top 10, replacing the Xerox Corp. chair, who dropped to No. 15, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who fell off the list after leaving office in January.
Rice's successor, Hillary Clinton, came in at No. 36, dropping from No. 28 last year when her presidential bid made her the woman with the highest public profile on the list.
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, retained No. 35.
"Women in power are rising to leadership positions in business, government and philanthropy by making daring and unconventional moves," Forbes said. "Gone are the days of women feeling they must stick with one employer and patiently wait for promotions."
"Highly ambitious women ... are moving across companies and industries, making big leaps with each change, and repositioning themselves for opportunities that allow them to gain a breadth of experience," the business magazine said.
Merkel, 55, became the first female chancellor of Germany in 2005 and is widely expected to retain power in a federal election on September 27.
Obama, 45, has won fans for her down-to-earth personality, her support of causes including healthy eating and the arts, and her fashion sense that has seen her grace several best-dressed lists.
Other U.S. newcomers include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at No. 54, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius at No. 56, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at No. 51 and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Schapiro at No. 55.
Also new to the list are Prime Minister of Bangladesh Hasina Wajed at No. 78, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay at No. 63 and Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir at No. 74.
Located in the Songshan Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng in Henan Province today ushered in a "heavyweight" fans - the U.S. NBA stars of "big sharks" O'Neal. First set foot on "Kung Fu Holy Land" of O'Neill, not only to learn Shaolin monks are really reactive, but also to seek Zen abbot Shi Yongxin asked for the favorite Chinese martial arts.
10:25 Xu, wearing a white T-shirt, a red, black plaid shorts, wearing a black baseball cap in front of O'Neal had just arrived in Shaolin Temple, was the local Basketball Association's 40 fans and the media "siege" Fortunately, a dozen monks and timely protection, hand in hand into the lap seat belts will be O'Neill.
Despite the rain, the spirits can be no reduction in O'Neill. Cooper from a few lines of the inscription, from a few blocks to the Hall of Buddha, O'Neill monks in the public "care" under the walking to see, from time to time come up with mobile phone camera, video, objects and even including the protection of his monks.
In the Shaolin Temple, many tourists at home and abroad have learned that the arrival of O'Neill excited.
Regular hospital visiting the Shaolin Temple, the abbot abbot Shi Yongxin Room "secret meeting" of O'Neill, and its a gift gold Buddha Bodhidharma, Shaolin bonesetter pharmacy cream and the Shaolin martial arts, such as vegetarian.
O'Neill said that a long time ago heard that Shaolin Kung Fu on the likes, have been thought of here. Today, "Li Ning" is after all the activities of "Dreams", but to have the opportunity to own a person to Shaolin Temple.
Shi Yongxin O'Neal hopes to learn more about how to study Shaolin Kung Fu and the common ground between the basketball to see if you can promote each other.
Shi Yongxin O'Neal to give a big sweater and write in English "I love you, Peace be upon you in" the words.
Most exciting aspect of O'Neal was placed in the final - kung fu performances. Training room in the temple, monks are displayed for O'Neal and his small Rohan Faust, Ocean's 18 hands, erzhi chan, Gong Shaolin Boy and so on, all kinds of brilliant routines to win the presence of waves of warm applause and cheers.
O'Neill excited that his admiration for the Shaolin martial arts for a long time, today witnessed the scene, performance, people feel "very shocked, very stick", he told his translator to say "I love boxing and drunk snake Fist. "
When the monks who break the first wooden performances, we both stood up, applauded, O'Neill is surprised face.
The occasion of parting, O'Neill is also facing many of the media, journalists and fans from the show has just learned of the snake whips, at this point in time, he became a Shaolin Temple as if the "fans" are making around monks laughed.
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