Maria Ramos makes Fortune's Most Powerful Women list

This year, Fortune magazine has ranked the 50 Most Powerful Women based outside the U.S. The list spans 19 countries and is comprised of 16% new names.

"They are the smartest and toughest female business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs making their mark in the world today."

Fortune Magazine

The annual list is based on four metrics: money (either net worth, company revenues, or GDP); media presence; spheres of influence; and impact, analyzed both within the context of each woman’s field (media, technology, business, philanthropy, politics, and finance) and outside of it.

Despite trying local conditions and a change in strategy for business on the continent, the 57-year-old Barclays Africa Group CEO, Maria Ramos, ranked an impressive 20th on the list.

Ramos' career has had a number of notable turns - as an economist she served in the government of Nelson Mandela and later contributed to South Africa’s budgeting process and several public finance laws - despite humble beginnings.

“My dream was never to be a Chief Executive, my dream was to get an education.”

Maria Ramos, Barclays Africa Group CEO

Banco Santander group executive chairman Ana Botín is in the number one spot for the second year, in a time of economic and political volatility worldwide.

As one of the most powerful figures in local business, Ramos was interviewed by Nikiwe Bikitsha for the popular Nashua sponsored podcast series Face to Face with Success...

“For me life is always about the excitement of learning and the excitement of being around people I can learn from.”

Maria Ramos, Barclays Africa Group CEO

Click to listen to the full interview...

Fortune Magazine did emphasise that statistics on women in positions of power remain bleak. [And that according to the latest survey by Catalyst, a non profit that tracks gender parity in the workplace, women occupy a measly 4% of corner offices at S&P 500 companies.] But there are some positive trends emerging and you can read about them here...

Read More
Meet Marlene le Roux, the transformation stalwart who helms Artscape Theatre

Meet Marlene le Roux, the transformation stalwart who helms Artscape Theatre

From an upbringing in a time marked as our most tumultuous, Marlene has come through the trenches to rise above – and then pay it forward.

"It would have been nice to receive a phonecall" - Gordhan

"It would have been nice to receive a phonecall" - Gordhan

Former Finance Minister speaks to Bruce Whitfield about how he heard his services were no longer required.

We remember Ahmed Kathrada's emotional goodbye to Madiba

We remember Ahmed Kathrada's emotional goodbye to Madiba

As we pay tribute to Uncle Kathy, we remember when he shared his pain at his longtime friend's passing back in 2013.

Meet Romeo Kumalo, the adventurous venture capitalist

Meet Romeo Kumalo, the adventurous venture capitalist

Romeo Kumalo chats to Nikiwe Bikitsha about the importance of rekindling the spirit of entrepreneurship for future generations.

Meet powerhouse economist Thabi Leoka

Meet powerhouse economist Thabi Leoka

This local economist believes the best education is attained through travel.

Three SA-built Toyotas in Top 10 of Dakar 2017

Three SA-built Toyotas in Top 10 of Dakar 2017

Another strong showing from the local team saw a fifth place for Giniel de Villiers and navigator Von Zitzewitz

Popular articles
Cape Town's flexi work hours an 'absolute hit'

Cape Town's flexi work hours an 'absolute hit'

Tax advisory company Grant Thornton has extended remote working and flexible staff hours since the City's announcement.

Read Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder's open letter to Solidarity's Dirk Hermann

Read Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder's open letter to Solidarity's Dirk Hermann

"Dear Dirk, I refer to your open letter published on Maroela Media on 23 May in which you make some contentious statements..."

Grade 6 pupil falls to his death at Edgemead Primary

Grade 6 pupil falls to his death at Edgemead Primary

MEC for Education at Western Cape says an investigation will be launched into the school tragedy.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.