Sitharaman, Kamala Harris among Forbes' 100 most powerful women

Wednesday 14th December 2022 06:01 EST

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Vice President Kamala Harris are among Forbes' 19th annual list of 'World's 100 Most Powerful Women' of 2022. On the list, which was unveiled and highlighted "innovators and instigators who are leading on the world stage to redefine old power structures," Sitharaman is listed number 36, while Harris is ranked third.

This is the fourth year in a row that Sitharaman made it to the list. Last year, she was in the 37th spot, 41st in 2020 and 34th in 2019.

In 2021, Harris became the first woman, the first Black person, and the first South Asian-American to become the American Vice President. A California native, Harris was born in Oakland to immigrant parents - her mother was from India and father from Jamaica.

Apart from Harris, London-born Bela Bajaria, head of Global TV at Netflix, is another Indian-American on the list who is ranked at number 71. She is responsible for hits including 'Bridgerton', 'The Queen's Gambit', 'Lupin' and 'Cobra Kai'.

Before joining Netflix in 2016, Bajaria was president of Universal Television, where she made history as the first woman of color to oversee a studio. She was named to TIME's 100 Most Influential People list in 2022.

In May 2019, Sitharaman became India's first female finance minister. She worked for the BBC World Service and the UK's Agricultural Engineers Association before entering politics.

Besides Sitharaman, other Indians on the list include, HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra -- the youngest Indian woman on the list; Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw; Madhabi Puri Buch, the first female chair of the Securities and Exchange Board of India; Soma Mondal, the first woman to chair the state-run Steel Authority of India; and Nykaa founder Falguni Nayar.

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