Ho Ching is Ranked the 33rd Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes


If you’re a Singaporean or a Facebook user, you’re probably familiar with Ho Ching.

The wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Ho had been the CEO of Temasek Holdings up until a few months ago, and is also the second most prolific poster on Facebook, according to some statistics we made up.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ho has never shied away from speaking about the effects of restrictions on residents, explaining why these measures need to be in place.

Despite stepping down from her CEO post in October, Ho remains one of the most powerful women in the world.

And now we’ve got a list to prove it.

Ho Ching is Ranked the 33rd Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes

Forbes has released its “World’s Most Powerful Women 2021” list, and Ho has claimed the 33rd spot.

Ho was on the list last year too, making it to number 30.

Though she dropped down a few places, she’s still ahead of some high-profile politicians and celebrities, including:

  • #83 Sanna Marin (Prime Minister of Finland)
  • #85 Serena Williams (famous tennis player)
  • #76 Beyonce (no description necessary)
  • #78 Taylor Swift
  • #74 Reese Witherspoon (famous American actress)

She’s also ahead of Rihanna (#68) and Jacinda Ardern (#34), the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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A Brief History

Born in 1953, Ho completed her secondary education at Crescent Girls’ School.

She later attained a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical, First Class Honours) at the then-Singapore University (now NUS) before graduating with a Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) degree from Stanford University.

She started her career as an engineer with the Ministry of Defence of Singapore in 1976, working her way up the ranks.

Decades later, she joined Temasek Holdings in 2002 and soon became its executive director.

As Forbes noted, Ho helped Temasek’s portfolio “grow to more than $313 billion” during her time there.

The month she stepped down as CEO, Ho was named the next chairman of the Temasek Trust, Temasek’s philanthropic arm.

She was also behind Temasek’s mass distribution drives during the pandemic, where it handed out free masks and hand sanitiser, among other things, to residents.


Ho’s highest-ever ranking on Forbes’ exclusive list came in 2005, when she seized the third spot. The highest-ranking Asian woman on the list this year is Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen (#9).

The top five women on the list are:

  1. MacKenzie Scott (American novelist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos)
  2. Kamal Harris (US vice-president)
  3. Christine Lagarde (President of the European Central Bank)
  4. Mary Barra (CEO of General Motors)
  5. Melinda French Gates (General manager at Microsoft)

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