Asia’s Most Powerful Women 2012

Across Asia, women are climbing the ranks, whether it be through business or politics. Asia’s high-powered business women have been on FORBES’s radar, with the list of Asia’s 50 Power Business Womenin February. However while CEOs like Zhang Xin of Soho China and Chua Sock Koong of SingTel are making waves with their business skills, Asian women shouldn’t be boxed into one base of power. Former business juggernaut Chan Laiwa is now one of the worlds most important artistic investors and cultural diplomats, preserving and presenting China’s red sandalwood art around the world. Yingluck Shinawatra and Aung San Suu Kyi yield political power on an international scale. Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Margaret Chan manage some of the most influential international humanitarian organizations in the world.

From China to Thailand, these women’s power in their countries and beyond are impossible to ignore. Across the board, Asian women more influential than ever in 2012, making up 11 of FORBES’s top 100 most powerful women.

Thailand’s Prime Minister oversees a country of 67 million with a 2011 GDP of $609 billion, the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. One year into her term, Shinawatra’s ruling party has had a tumultuous summer. In July the Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint that her party’s attempt to amend the constitution amounted to plotting to overthrow the monarchy. Had the court sided with the complainants, it could have ordered Shinawatra’s party dissolved just a year after the landslide election that brought it to power. Many feared such a ruling would have provoked mass street protests and possible violence similar to those that followed her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s 2006 ousting…

About the 2010 crackdown: my articles


The PM was educated in both Thailand and the U.S., where she received a Master’s in public administration from Kentucky State University in 1991. She has one child with her common-law husband, Anusorn Amornchat. She’s embraced social media–she has roughly 80,000 Twitter followers.

Source from Forbes List of Powerful Women of 2012

See pixs of Yingluck in Forbes

My article about Yingluck on CNN iReport




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