Gina Rinehart rated more influential than Julia Gillard
BILLIONAIRE mining magnate Gina Rinehart is rated as more influential than Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a list of the world's most powerful women released by Forbes magazine.
With a fortune of $17 billion, iron ore mogul and would-be media tycoon Mrs Rinehart is the most powerful Australian woman on the annual list, coming in at number 16.
Ms Gillard was ranked 28th while Westpac chief executive officer Gail Kelly was 62nd.
German chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list for the third straight year, ahead of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.
Melinda Gates - who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with her billionaire philanthropist husband - US first lady Michelle Obama, and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton rounded out the top five.
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