Forbes’ 2014 list of the 100 most powerful women includes nine heads of state whose countries have an aggregate GDP of $11.1 trillion and have 641 million citizens. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (shown) holds the No. 1 spot.

The list includes 13 billionaires, including 43-year-old Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. Corporate CEOS—28 of them—on the list control $1.7 trillion in revenues. Eighteen members started their own companies or foundations.

Interestingly, only eight women who appeared on Forbes’ inaugural list in 2004 are included this year: Melinda Gates, Christine Lagarde, Hillary Clinton, Indira Nooyi, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Pascal, Queen Elizabeth II and Ho Ching.

The complete list makes for interesting reading: The paths to success truly are diverse. Find the complete Forbes article here. Share your thoughts on Are there others you believe should have been included?

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