The Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list is out, but representation from the American financial sector feels lackluster.
Sheila Bair of The FDIC ranks high at number two (second to German Chancellor Angela Merkel). And Ho Ching of Temasek represents at eight. You could blame the paucity on particularly bad years for Erin Callan and Zoe Cruz, but, in the end, finance is simply behind the times.
Of course, you could juxtapose that with the drop of men like Schwartzman and Kravis, and other financial leaders on Vanity Fair’s new establishment list. And you could further juxtapose that with the presence of women in general on any mixed “top whatever” list.
The Forbes list is peppered with many a female CEO/CFO, and tons of foreign politicians (with Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi ranking numbers 26 and 35, respectively).
But my count there is only a handful female financial professionals on the list, and zero representation from American ladies in private equity. (In addition to Ho Ching, Dominique Senequier of the French firm, AXA Private Equity, clocks in at 53).