Rising stars among world's most powerful women

Forbes released their annual ranking of the world's most powerful women, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again topped the list. But who were some of the newcomers and fast-risers?

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South Korean President Park Attends Luncheon In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks dueing a welcoming luncheon with California Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Getty House on May 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Park will visit Korean business leaders in Los Angeles today as she continues a five-day, unity-building visit to the United States. Park has been in the United States since Monday, when she visited the United Nations. She met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday and addressed a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Rising stars among most powerful women

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China's Richest Lawmakers

Fortune: $6.64 billion Company: Longfor Properties Wu Yajun is the only woman in the list of China's richest Congress members. She is also the wealthiest woman in China and the richest self-made woman in the world, according to the Hurun report. She's been on the Hurun rich list for 10 years. Her wealth comes from Longfor Properties, a company the former journalist founded in 1995 with her husband. Wu is chairwoman of the real estate development firm in which her family holds a 76 percent stake. Feeding China's property boom, the business magnate's wealth ballooned in 2009 to $4 billion when the company made its debut on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Her personal fortune of $6.64 billion is an increase of 50 percent from the 2010 estimate of $4.4 billion, according to Hurun. Despite cooling measures by China, which has seen bank loans for property developers dry up, cash-rich Longfor has not felt the need to raise funds via stock or bond markets. The company saw its core net profit rise nearly 75 percent in 2011. While she is considered an influential member of the NPC, Wu maintains a low key approach, shunning the media for interviews.

Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 18: Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi attends the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge at the Desert Palm Hotel on February 18, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event takes place under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE Ruler of Dubai. The Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge is the most celebrated tournament in the desert and one of three Cartier hosts each year including the Royal Cartier International Windsor Polo and Saint-Moritz Snow Polo event. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Cartier)

Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening With Ralph Lauren Hosted By Oprah Winfrey - Arrivals

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Designer Tory Burch attends an evening with Ralph Lauren hosted by Oprah Winfrey and presented at Lincoln Center on October 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren)