Other named in the list include actor Angelina Jolie, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First lady Michelle Obama and Harry Potterauthor J K Rowling.
Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey, who was named the Most Powerful Celebrity by Forbes in Jun, leads the pack for the most inspirational role model.
The publication reached out to communities on Facebook and Twitter to determine the most motivating women in the world.
"Role models mean different things to different people, some of us look for guidance in business, some in our personal lives, some of us strive to make the world a better place each day, some admire trailblazers," Forbes said.
"Their personal histories, outlooks and missions may be different, but each role model sets an example of how to be the best women we possibly can be," the publication said.