Most Powerful Women: Asia-Pacific

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Six different countries are represented this year—but mainland China takes the lion’s share, with 11 spots on our 2015 list, up from 10 last year. Another big change: More and more of our MPWs are self-made businesswomen with no political connections or ties.

See this year's other Most Powerful Women lists:
RANK NAME TITLE AFFILIATION COUNTRY AGE
1 Chanda Kochhar CEO and Managing Director ICICI Bank India 53
2 Arundhati Bhattacharya Chairperson State Bank of India India 59
3 Chua Sock Koong Group CEO Singapore Telecommunications Singapore 57
4 Dong Mingzhu Chairperson and President Gree Electric Appliances China 61
5 Nishi Vasudeva Chairman and Managing Director Hindustan Petroleum India 59
6 Li Dang President and Director China General Technology China 58
7 Wang Fengying CEO and Executive Director Great Wall Motor China 45
8 Rose Lee Wai Mun CEO and Vice Chairman Hang Seng Bank Hong Kong 62
9 Shikha Sharma CEO and Managing Director Axis Bank India 56
10 Ho Ching CEO and Executive Director Temasek Singapore 62
11 Lucy Peng CEO, Ant Financial; Chief People Officer, Alibaba Alibaba Group China 42
12 Kwon Seon-joo CEO and Chairman Industrial Bank of Korea South Korea 58
13 Wu Yajun Chairman Longfor properties China 51
14 Cher Wang CEO and Chairwoman HTC Taiwan 56
15 Maggie Wu CFO Alibaba China 47
16 Hyun Jeong-Eun Chairwoman Hyundai Group South Korea 60
17 Wei Sun Christianson Co-CEO, Asia-Pacific and CEO, China Morgan Stanley China 59
18 Zhou Qunfei CEO Lens Technology China 45
19 Rachel Duan SVP, General Electric; President and CEO GE Greater China China 45
20 Lee Boo-Jin President and CEO, Hotel Shilla; Adviser, Samsung C&T Samsung C&T Trading and Investment Group South Korea 44
21 Sun Yafang Chairwoman Huawei Technologies China 59
22 Alison Watkins Group Managing Director Coca-Cola Amatil Australia 52
23 Sheila Patel CEO of International Goldman Sachs Asset Management Goldman Sachs Singapore 46
24 Marjorie Yang Chairman Esquel Hong Kong 63
25 Zhang Xin CEO Soho China China 50
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Kwon Seon-joo

CEO and Chairman, Industrial Bank of Korea, 58
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Kwon made history in 2013 when President Park Geun Hye nominated her as the first female CEO of a Korean bank, the country’s fourth largest with $200 billion in assets and almost 13,000 employees. The English literature major has stemmed the mounting losses at the state-owned entity and delivered strong earnings, in part through expansion in the small and midsize loan market. The bank’s profits were up 20%, to $1.2 billion in 2014, and the IBK lifer is branching out overseas. Her goal: to become one of the world’s top 100 banks by assets in 2016. —Rupali Arora

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Country South Korea
Previous Rank 15
Newcomer? NO

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Millions ($)
2014 Revenues 9,089
2014 Profits 975
Market Value (as of 09/01/15) 6,248

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