The Forbes rankings are based on a mixture of visibility - measured by press citations - and economic impact.
1. Condoleezza Rice – US Secretary of State
2. Wu Yi – Vice Premier of China
3. Yulia Tymoshenko - Prime Minister of Ukraine
4. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – President of Philippines
5. Margaret Whitman - CEO eBay
Last Year’s Stars But Out This Year
3rd last year, completely out in 2005 - Sonia Gandhi, India's ruling Congress party chief
8th last year, completely out in 2005 - Megawati Soekarnoputri, former President of Indonesia
What about Malaysia's Rafidah Aziz?