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Forbes: The Most Powerful Women in Politics 2012

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9. Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth has been commemorating her 60th diamond Jubilee anniversary with parades, parties and by making peace throughout the realm. In June she shook hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness during a visit to Northern Ireland that was seen as a symbol of significant easing of tensions in British-Irish relations. In lighter but similarly symbolic news the iconic clock tower of Britain's Parliament building--widely, though incorrectly, called Big Ben--was renamed in her honor this summer. It will be known as Elizabeth Tower. Forbes estimates her personal net worth around $500 million but as a royal she's able to live well beyond her means--her main residence is valued at roughly $5 billion. HRH is on-track to becoming the longest reigning monarch in over 1,200 years of British History (her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 216 days) in September, 2015.
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