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Three Italians among World's Most Powerful Women for 2015

Federica Mogherini, Miuccia Prada and Fabiola Gianotti

Three Italians among World's Most Powerful Women for 2015

Claudia Astarita

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The american magazine Forbes has just released its new ranking for the world's most powerful woman. Lots of surprises can be found in the top ten, but what is even more impressive is that three Italian have been included in this prestigious list. We are talking about Federica Mogherini, Miuccia Prada and Fabiola Gianotti.

Federica Mogherini (41) is the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. She is a new entry in this list, and Forbes assigned her the 36th position. As the EU foreign minister, the former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs is representing Bruxelles on issues such as Iran's nuclear power program, the Ukrainian crisis, and the influx of Mediterranean migrants.

Miuccia Prada (66) is a very famous name in fashion as she id the owner and the fashion designer of Prada. As reminded by Forbes, which assigned her the 79th position, "in 1977 Miuccia, Albert and Marina inherited the family fashion business, founded in 1913 by their grandfather. Miuccia met Patrizio Bertelli, who ran a luxury leather company, at a Milan trade show in 1977 and signed him on as a contractor. A year later, they were married and Bertelli joined the company, taking care of the business side of things while pushing Prada into new directions", and throwing the seeds of the empire we can see today.

Fabiola Gianotti (57), is CERN's first-ever female director-general. "She joined the world-renowned physics research organization in 1987 and eventually moved up to command over 3,000 scientists working on the ATLAS program. If that name doesn't ring a bell, it may be more familiar as the group of scientists who in 2012 discovered the Higgs Boson, a basic particle that helps explain why things have mass". Forbes gave her the 83rd position.

Going back to the top ten, it is dominated by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel; followed by US Presidential candidate Hillary ClintonMelinda Gates; US Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen; General Motors CEO Mary Barra; International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde; Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff; Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg; Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki; and last but not least, US First Lady Michelle Obama.

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