Most Powerful Women: EMEA

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More than half the members of our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) list are heads of major companies, six are new­comers, and 10 are located in the U.K. One surprise: Nine of our MPWs—including No. 1 Ana Botín­ of ­Banco ­Santan­der—work in finance, a sector known for its dearth of women. See this year's other MPW lists:
RANK NAME TITLE AFFILIATION COUNTRY AGE
1 Ana Botín Executive Chairman Banco Santander Spain 54
2 Alison Cooper CEO Imperial Tobacco U.K. 49
3 Annika Falkengren President and CEO SEB Group Sweden 53
4 Güler Sabancı Chairman and Managing Director Sabancı Holding Turkey 60
5 Ornella Barra President and CEO of Global Wholesale and International Retail, EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance U.K. 61
6 Patricia Barbizet CEO and Chairman, Christie's International; CEO, Artémis Groupe Artémis France 60
7 Carolyn McCall CEO EasyJet U.K. 53
8 Véronique Laury CEO Kingfisher U.K. 50
9 Moya Greene CEO Royal Mail U.K. 61
10 Dominique Senequier President Ardian France 62
11 Maria Ramos Group CEO Barclays Africa South Africa 56
12 Dominique Leroy CEO Proximus Belgium 50
13 Nancy McKinstry Chairman and CEO Wolters Kluwer Netherlands 56
14 Shelley Broader CEO and President, EMEA Walmart Canada 51
15 Serpil Timuray Regional CEO, AMAP Vodafone U.K. 46
16 Lubna Olayan Deputy Chairperson and CEO Olayan Financing Saudi Arabia 60
17 Elizabeth Corley Global CEO Allianz Global Investors U.K. 58
18 Isabelle Ealet Global Co-Head of Securities Goldman Sachs U.K. 52
19 Isabelle Kocher Deputy CEO and COO Engie France 48
20 Pascale Witz Executive Vice President, Global Divisions and Strategic Development Sanofi France 48
21 Margarita Louis-Dreyfus Chairperson of Supervisory Board Louis Dreyfus Holding Switzerland 53
22 Marina Berlusconi Chairman, Mondadori Group; Executive Chairman, Fininvest Fininvest Group Italy 49
23 Rakefet Russak-Aminoach CEO and President Leumi Group Israel 49
24 Emma Walmsley CEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare GSK U.K. 46
25 Ann Cairns President, International Markets MasterCard U.K. 58
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Margarita Louis-Dreyfus

Chairperson of Supervisory Board, Louis Dreyfus Holding, 53
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When Robert Louis-Dreyfus, the chairman of the third-largest commodities firm in the world, was dying of leukemia in 2008, he set up a family trust called Akira BV to hold his majority stake in the company. He designated his stay-at-home wife Margarita Louis-Dreyfus as the family trustee, ensuring the law- and economics-trained Russian would have the strongest position on the board when he passed away the following year. Despite having little experience, she rose to the occasion, ousting the Louis Dreyfus Chairman and CEO and, by 2011, installing herself as Chairperson of Louis Dreyfus Holding. This year, Margarita consolidated her power even more, increasing Akira’s controlling interest to a supermajority position. Louis Dreyfus Commodities handled around 80 million tons of commodities like rice and cotton in 2014, generating $64.7 billion in sales. —Claire Groden

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Country Switzerland
Previous Rank 23
Newcomer? NO

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2014 Revenues 64,719
2014 Profits 648
Market Value (as of 09/01/15) -

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