Sonia Gandhi, an Italian-born politician, is the chairperson of India’s oldest political party, the Congress, which is heading an alliance government at the Centre. Presently, she is the most powerful politician of the country. She started her political career with the party in 1997.

Sonia is widow of former Prime Minister and Nehru-Gandhi family scion Rajiv Gandhi who was assassinated in 1991.  She has immensely contributed in rehabilitating the Congress from its darker phase. She has served as President of the Indian National Congress since 1998 and has become the longest serving president in the 125-year history of the party.

Sonia was named the third most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in the year 2004 and was ranked 6th in 2007. In 2010, Sonia stood 9th in the Forbes list of most powerful person on the planet. She also featured in the Time Magazine in the list of 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, Sonia continued to top the list of "20 Most Popular Women in India 2012". The list was prepared after a survey jointly conducted by Assocham and Zee Business news channel.

DOB: 9 December 1946


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