Who runs the world? Girls -- or, more specifically, Latina women.

Forbes, known for its annual rankings of the rich and influential, released its 2012 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and the list included the names of several impressive Latinas.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff made the top three for the second year running -- behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- followed by Argentinia President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at No. 16 and Maria das Gracas Silva Foster, CEO of Brazilian energy corporation Petrobras at No. 20.

The high-profile list also featured big names in entertainment like Jennifer Lopez (No. 38), Shakira (No. 40) and Sofia Vergara (No. 75).

The "Modern Family" actress recently made another Forbes list as the top-earning actress on U.S. television. But that's not all the 40-year-old starlet does. As co-founder of a media company, LatinWE, and owner of a clothing line -- along with countless endorsement deals -- Vergara raked in an estimated $19 million over the past year.

Up from last year, eight influential Latinas made the most powerful list -- three more than 2011's count. Check out the gallery below to see all the leading Latinas that made the cut.

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  • No. 3: Dilma Rousseff

    As President of Brazil, Rousseff is <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/dilma-rousseff/" target="_hplink">the leader of the world's sixth largest economy.</a> During her term in office she's implemented initiatives to strengthen GDP while eliminating poverty -- giving Brazilians more access to education, health care and housing. Photo credit: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/GettyImages <em><strong>CORRECTION: </strong>A previous version of this caption noted that Brazil was the seventh largest economy in the world. It has been corrected to show it is in fact the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078596/Brazil-overtakes-UK-sixth-biggest-economy-Britain-falls-South-American-nation-time.html" target="_hplink">sixth largest </em>economy in the world.</a>

  • No. 16: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

    Under Kirchner, the two-term President of Argentina, the country's <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/cristina-fernandez/" target="_hplink">GDP has risen 37 percent since 2007</a>. The leader has also implemented pension and child welfare benefits for the population, attempting to eradicate poverty. Photo credit: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/GettyImages

  • No. 20: Maria das Gracas Silva Foster

    As the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/maria-das-gracas-silva-foster/" target="_hplink">CEO of Petrobras</a>, Brazil's largest and most profitable energy corporation, Foster manages 91 percent of Brazil's oil and 90 percent of its natural gas. Photo credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool

  • No. 38: Jennifer Lopez

    Earlier this year, J. Lo topped the list of Forbes' Top 100 Celebrities and now the Puerto Rican-American star debuts as the 38th most powerful woman in the world. The rank comes not only for the $52 million she made last year in the various occupations she's taken on, but because of her <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/jennifer-lopez/" target="_hplink">work helping women and children through the Lopez Family Foundation. </a> Photo credit: AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco

  • No. 40: Shakira Mebarak

    The Colombian singer-songwriter is known for more than her moves and tunes. Not only is the star a UNICEF ambassador, but she also <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/shakira/" target="_hplink">created the Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation) in 1996</a> to improve education worldwide. Photo credit: MANUEL PEDRAZA/AFP/Getty Images

  • No. 54: Rosalia Mera

    Spanish billionaire and philanthropist, Mera founded Inditex in 1985, the parent company of Zara retail stores. As the richest woman in Spain <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/rosalia-mera/" target="_hplink">she established the Paideia Foundation </a>to help integrate marginalized groups into society through education. Photo courtesy of Forbes.com

  • No. 75: Sofia Vergara

    You know her as Gloria in "Modern Family," but this two-time Emmy winner is known for more than her thick accent and curves. The Colombian actress also <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/sofia-vergara/" target="_hplink">co-founded LatinWE,</a> a talent management and new media company that raked in an estimated $27 million last year. Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

  • No. 83: Gisele Bündchen

    Off the Victoria's Secret runway, the Brazilian model has her skincare line, is a mother of two and makes time to be <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/gisele-bundchen/" target="_hplink">an ambassador for the U.N. Environmental Program</a> and donate to causes such as the Japanese Red Cross for Earthquake relief. Photo credit: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images

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