What do UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi and leading Arab businesswomen Lubna S. Olayan and Raja Easa Al Gurg have in common with Queen Elizabeth II, Anna Wintour, Angelina Jolie and Beyonce Knowles? They all feature on Forbes' The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list. 

The top ten women on the list are largely high operating political figures seeing the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, keep the number one spot for the fourth consecutive year. US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, comes in at number two. The top ten also features Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff at number seven and US First Lady, Michelle Obama, at number ten. In the tech sphere, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer and author of best-selling book Lean In, clinches the number eight position. 

The  Middle East is well represented by three powerful women. Al Qasimi, who features in the top half of the list at number 42, for her impressive philanthropic credentials that she has implemented since becoming the first female cabinet Minister in the UAE. Saudi businesswoman Olayan comes in at number 47 and UAE's Raja Easa Al Gurg takes 97. 

Fashion seems to be excerting its influence of power with three fashion designers making the list: Tory Burch at 73, Diane von at Furstenberg at 75 and Miuccia Prada at 79. Not to mention Vogue US editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour all the way up at 28. 

Forbes selects the women featured from sectors including: billionaires; business; celebrity; finance; media; philanthropy; and intergovernmental organisations, politics and technology. And then ranks them in each category using money, media presence, spheres of influence and impact as defining factors.