All politics seems to have a degree of scandal and Rousseff’s current second term as President has been filled with scandal. This has reduced her popularity amongst the citizens of Brazil and led to a suspension of her acting as president during her term of office.
The John Forbes magazine has listed Rousseff in 2014 as the 31st most powerful person in the world.
Her ranking went down to 37th position in 2015 and she was listed as the 7th most powerful woman in the same year. However earlier in 2013, she was listed as the second most powerful woman in the world. These rankings all began after she was also the first woman to open a session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Rousseff was born on the 14 December 1947, to a Bulgarian immigrant who practiced as a lawyer. Her mom was a teacher. As a teenager Rousseff got involved in politics and was soon aligned with the militant group known as the National Liberation Command.