Outside of work, Merkel is a fan of soccer. She befriended the victorious German national team during their journey to winning the World Cup in 2014.
- German chancellor Angela Merkel is Forbes' Most Powerful Woman, for the ninth consecutive year.
- Since becoming chancellor in 2005, the former chemist has managed to cultivate an "image of deep personal integrity and a tightly guarded private life," writes Melissa Eddy in the New York Times.
- The chancellor is a talented chef and her signature dishes include potato soup, beef loaf, and plum cake.
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Angela Merkel has been the most powerful woman on Earth for almost a decade, according to Forbes.
The German chancellor took the top spot on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women list for the ninth consecutive year. The runners-up included President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
Merkel's reign over the ranking may be coming to a close, however. She announced in 2018 that she would not run for another term after the completion of her current one in 2021.
Despite Merkel's power, little is known about her personal life. Since becoming chancellor in 2005, the former chemist has managed to cultivate an "image of deep personal integrity and a tightly guarded private life," writes Melissa Eddy in the New York Times.
However, by piecing together various details, one can come away with a view of the chancellor's daily routine.
Sauer, a chemistry professor, "presses [Merkel] on political issues like any ordinary citizen would," over breakfast.
As a result, Merkel is never one to rush into a decision. "I am, I think, courageous at the decisive moment," she said, according to a 2007 biography. "But I need a good deal of start-up time, and I try to take as much as possible into consideration beforehand."
Source: Angela Merkel
The daughter of a Lutheran pastor, Merkel is a practicing Christian and a member of the Evangelical Church in Berlin, Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia.
Source: The Economist