The strongest woman in Israel: Sara Netanyahu

‘Forbes Israel’ ranks the country’s most powerful women; Labor leader and head of the opposition Yacimovich gets 13th spot.

March 25, 2013 00:15
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SARA NETANYAHU meets with four-year-old Ofek Casti

SARA NETANYAHU meets with four-year-old Ofek Castillo311. (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)

Sara Netanyahu, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s wife, is the most powerful woman in Israel, according to a list published on Sunday by Forbes Israel.

The magazine has issued a special edition for Passover rating the 50 strongest women in the country.

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“She, indeed, doesn’t decide on taking action against Iran, cutting the interest rate or reforming the real-estate market,” Forbes Israel said. “Her influence is evident primarily in the appointments made by the prime minister.”

The magazine quoted sources as saying that Sarah Netanyahu was involved not only in appointments within the Prime Minister’s Office, but also in other top positions serving the state.

“She is involved at every level,” one source said.

“Even low-level clerks.”

The following are the top 20 women in Forbes Israel’s list:

1. Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister’s wife

2. Rakefet Russak- Aminoach, CEO of Bank Leumi

3. Shari Arison, head of The Arison Group

4. Ofra Strauss, head of The Strauss Group

5. Karnit Flug, deputy governor of the Bank of Israel

6. Efrat Peled, chairman and CEO of Arison Investments

7. Michal Abadi- Boiangiu, Finance Ministry accountant-general

8. Liora Ofer, chairperson of Melisron Ltd.

9.  Stella Hendler, directorgeneral of Bezeq

10. Smadar Barber-Tsadik, CEO of First National Bank

11. Tzipi Livni, justice minister

12. Irit Isaacson, board chairwoman of Isracard

13. Shelly Yacimovich, Labor leader and head of the opposition

14. Tamar Yasur, CEO of Leumi Card

15. Lilach Asher-Topilsky, head of retail banking at Bank Hapoalim, and Anat Levin, head of financial markets at Bank Hapoalim

16. Avital Stein, director general of The Council for Higher Education in Israel

17. Alona Shefer Karo, director-general of the Environmental Protection Ministry

18. Illana Gozes, director of the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies at Tel Aviv University

19. Ravit Barniv, chairwoman of Tnuva

20. Miriam Feirberg, mayor of Netanya

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