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Jacinda Ardern ranked ahead of the Queen on Forbes' list of world's most powerful women

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been named one of the most powerful women in the world in the annual ranking from Forbes.

Jacinda Ardern. Source: 1 NEWS

Ardern is 32nd on the list, up six spots from last year. She ranks ahead of several influential figures including the Queen, who came in 46th.

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made the list for the first time, coming in number three while German Prime Minister Angela Merkel was first for the 10th year in a row.

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Coming in a number 32 on the list, New Zealand’s Prime Minister ranks ahead of the Queen. Source: Breakfast

Singers Beyonce, 72, Rihanna, 69, Taylor Swift, 82, and Reese Witherspoon, 92, were also included in the honours, which spotlights "female leaders who are using their power to create change."

Oprah Winfrey was ranked 20th.

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg and tennis star Serena Williams were noticeable omissions from the 2019 list after coming in 100th and 81st respectively last year.

Associated Press contributed to this report.