Three Australian women are considered to be in the top 100 most powerful in the world, according to Forbes.
Here’s what you need to know about Australia’s most powerful women.
Who are Australia's most powerful women?
Ranking at number 24 on the list is Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake.
Wikramanayake became the CEO of the international investment bank in 2018 after joining in 1987.
During her time at Macquarie, she has worked in six different countries across multiple businesses.
Wikramanayake has established and led Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the bank’s infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada.
Wikramanayake is also Australia’s highest-paid CEO, according to the Australian Financial Review’s annual CEO pay survey, reportedly earning around $16 million a year.
Coming in at number 44 on the list is executive chair of Hancock Prospecting, and Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart.
Building her $30 billion net worth from iron ore mining, Rinehart also ranks number 70 on the Forbes billionaire list.
She took over her father’s company in 1992 and rebuilt the financially distressed Hancock Prospecting to become one of the country's most successful mining companies.
Finally, coming in at number 93 is former prime minister Julia Gillard. Gillard was the first female prime minister of Australia, holding the role from 2010 to 2013.
Nowadays, Gillard is the chair of Beyond Blue, Australia’s leading mental health awareness platform and is chair of the UK's Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research foundation with an endowment of more than 25 billion pounds.
Who are the top 10 most powerful women?
Melinda French Gates
Ana Patricia Botín
Ursula von der Leyen
Who are the youngest, most powerful women?
Taylor Swift, 31 - rank 78
Rihanna, 33 - rank 68
Sanna Marin, 36 - rank 83
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, 40 - rank 52
Beyoncé Knowles, 40 - rank 78
Serena Williams, 40 - rank 85
Jacinda Ardern, 41 - rank 34
Mette Frederiksen, 44 - rank 71
Reese Witherspoon, 45 - rank 74
Zuzana Caputova, 48 - rank 86
Who are the most powerful women in Finance?
Abigail Johnson, CEO, Fidelity Investments - rank 6
Ana Patricia Botín, executive chair, Santander - rank 7
Jane Fraser, CEO, Citigroup - rank 14
Ho Ching, director, Temasek Trust - rank 33
Adena Friedman, CEO, Nasdaq - rank 41
Marianne Lake and Jennifer Piepszak, Co-CEOs of consumer & community banking, JPMorgan Chase - rank 42
Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO, TIAA - rank 45
Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO JP Morgan Asset Management - rank 47
Cathie Wood, founder, Ark Invest - rank 53
Hana Al Rostamani, CEO, First Abu Dhabi Bank - rank 57