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Ho Ching, the world's most powerful first lady

It may not be the best known or most popular of all, but Ho Ching, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife is the most powerful first lady on the planet. The magazine 'Forbes' says that in December it published its annual list of the most powerful women in the world and placed Ching in the position number 17. It is not for less.

In the 16 years that the publicly owned holding company has run, Temasek has achieved a value of 235,000 million dollars in its portfolio of companies. That is why she is also one of the most influential CEOs in the world.

She was always a brilliant student, who graduated in electrical engineering in her country and later got a master's degree from Stanford University. He started working in the Ministry of Defense of Singapore in the 70s and there he met Lee Hsien Loong, son of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, considered the founding father of Singapore.

They married in 1985 and had two children while he was beginning his political career and she excelled in the business world. Although it is not lavished in excess in her role as first lady, she does accompany her husband from time to time on official visits and state dinners, such as when in 2016 the couple visited Washington during the Barack Obama administration. Or when a few months ago, he attended the G20 summit in Argentina and shared an agenda and official photo with the rest of the first ladies.

On those occasions, the press has always highlighted his wardrobe, so simple and austere that has aroused much criticism in his country. Although it has also been worth some praise. Both during his visit to the White House and during his stay in Buenos Aires, Ho Ching wore a bag with dinosaur print that caught the attention of the press. Made by a student with autism from a school in Singapore, it was sold on its website for just 11 dollars. Ho Ching has made it his fetish accessory. This is the most powerful first lady on the planet.

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