Hasina ranks 47th on Forbes list
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ranked 47th in this year's Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list with Janet Yellen, chair of US Federal Reserve System, and Melinda Gates, philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates, coming out second and third.
Hasina has six other Asian women ahead of her -- top among them is South Korean President Geun-hye Park who came out 11th. Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi secured the 61st spot.
Earlier in August 2010, Hasina ranked sixth on the Time's list of the world's top 10 women leaders.
In this year's Forbes list, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton became sixth while US First Lady Michelle Obama secured the eighth position.
The list was prepared from a preliminary group of over 250 candidates from around the world, and the top 100 was selected from eight categories or power bases: billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media, philanthropy and NGOs, politics and technology.
To determine the rank within each category, as well as overall rank on the list of 100, Forbes applied four metrics -- the amount of money they control, the media presence they have and the influence and impacts they make.
The 2014 Most Powerful Women list features, among others, nine heads of state, 28 corporate CEOs and 18 women who founded their own companies or foundations.