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Queen tops most powerful woman list

The Queen has topped the first ever power list put together by Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

She was joined in the top five on the list of the country's most powerful women by Santander boss Ana Botin, Supreme Court judge Baroness Brenda Hale, Home Secretary Theresa May, and businesswoman Elisabeth Murdoch.

It was put together for the programme by a judging panel including journalist Eve Pollard, Conservative MP Priti Patel, Labour peer Oona King and crime novelist Val McDermid.

Eve Pollard, former editor of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express, and who chaired the panel, told Today programme presenter Sarah Montague how the list was complied.

"We thought we should look for power in the way that you would look for power in powerful men; hard power," she explained

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on Tuesday 12 February 2013.

  • 12 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK