Michelle Obama tops Hillary Clinton in powerful women list

Obama moved up the list compared to 2012, while Clinton moved down.

Last year, Clinton was No. 2 while Obama was No. 7.

Leading the list was Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, who was also No. 1 in 2012.

Merkel has "made the list eight times out of the past 10 years — seven times as No. 1," according to Forbes.

Other American politicians on the list include Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at No. 8, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at No. 22, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusTrump administration's reforms could make welfare work again Pro-dependency advocates miss the mark in attacking Kansas welfare reform Pence breaks tie to confirm Trump's pick for religious ambassador MORE at No. 25.

Other notable American women included: Melinda Gates, who came in third; Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who came in sixth; Oprah Winfrey, at No. 13; Beyonce Knowles, at No. 17; New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson was No. 19; and Angelina Jolie came in at No. 37.