Sheryl Sandberg, of Facebook, takes women in tech pole position on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has been named the most powerful woman in technology for the fifth consecutive year, as part of the Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg placed seventh on the list overall, but was the top ranking woman in the tech sector to feature. She has a personal fortune to the tune of $1.4 billion and is a voice for female empowerment in the workplace and shared responsibilities at home. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook's board.

Of the 100 women on the list 16 were from the technology sector. After Sandberg these included YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (No. 8 overall), HP CEO Meg Whitman (No. 9), IBM CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty (No. 11), Apple Senior VP Angela Ahrendts (No. 15), Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz (No. 20), Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat (No. 27) and Ursula Burns (No. 34), the CEO of Xerox since 2009. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 55).

In addition China’s Lucy Peng (No. 35) cofounder of Alibaba and CEO of affiliate Ant Financial Services Group also ranked in this year’s list. She was followed by Hong Kong billionaire-chair of Lens Technology Zhou Qunfei (No.61), Solina Chau (No. 81), cofounder of Hong Kong-based Horizon Ventures and Jenny Lee (No. 100), managing partner of Singapore’s GGV Capital.

Outside of the tech arena, Queen Elizabeth II and SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, also ranked on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for 2016.

German chancellor Angela Merkel topped the 100 list with Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton coming in second place.

Other UK women on the list included Katherine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media (No. 68), Nemat Shafik, Deputy Governor, Bank of England (No. 59) and Eliza Manningham-Buller, Chair of Wellcome Trust (No. 88).

You can view the complete list of 100 women here.