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Zaha Hadid ranked Britain's third most powerful woman

Zaha Hadid has been named as Britain's third most powerful women after the Queen and Clara Furse - the boss of the London Stock Exchange

The Iraqi-born architect - based in Clerkenwell, London - is ranked 68th in US business magazine Forbes' list of the world's most powerful women.

The list, topped for the second year running by German chancellor Angela Merkel, is determined by 'influence', 'economic impact' and media 'reach'.

The Queen came in at number 23 and Furse came 54th in this year's list.

Margaret Beckett, the former foreign secretary, was last year's most powerful British woman at 29th in the world, but has now been bumped off the list after being replaced by David Miliband.

by Max Thompson

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