Rafsanjani, chair of the Islamic Countries Women's Sports Federation, was placed 47th, the second highest in the Middle East after the British wife of Jordanian monarch, Rania al-Abullah, who is listed 13th.
Ebadi, a human rights lawyer, was ranked 99th, the fifth highest in the Middle East, behind Afghanistan's deputy premier Sima Samar, who is listed 74th and Palestinian Legislative Council member Hanan Ashrawi at 96.
The ranking, the first of its kind, classed the top three most powerful women as US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, China's health minister and a vice-premier Wu Yi, and the president of India's Congress Party Sonia Gandhi.
Forbes said that for its list, which was dominated by 31 Americans, t used a numerical weight defined by title and resume; the size of the economic sphere in which she wields power; and the number of global media mentions.
The results were then subjected to such subjective adjustments like giving more weight to a current head of state than a former one and advice given by selected researchers and academics.
The top Briton in the ranking was Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, Cheri, who was placed 12th, ahead of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the British monarch, who were listed at 21st and 22nd respectively.
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