Fortune Magazine: 50 Most Powerful Women

A look at the 50 most powerful women, according to Fortune magazine.


I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

Who’s the most powerful woman this year?

-Megan Southwick

Oprah Winfrey and Indra NooyiAfter a near-dismal showing on the Forbes 400 this week women have a list all to themselves. Fortune magazine has just released its list of the 50 most powerful women, including lots of first-timers, (relative) youngsters and superheroes who exacted fabulous turnarounds for some companies that seemed headed for defeat.

The top 10 include:

  1. Indra Nooyi, of PepsiCo (pictured here)
  2.  Irene Rosenfeld, the big cheese at Kraft Foods
  3.  Pat Woertz, of Archer Daniels Midland
  4.  Anne Mulcahy, of Xerox
  5.  Angela Braly, of Wellpoint, the largest woman-led U.S. company in terms of revenue
  6.  Andrea Jung, Avon Products
  7.  Susan Arnold, of Proctor & Gamble
  8.  Oprah Winfrey (come on, the only surprise here is that she’s number eight and not higher up)
  9.  Brenda Barnes, of Sara Lee
  10.  Ursula Burns, next in line to Anne Mulcahy at Xerox

Although the average age of women on the list hovers at right around 50, there are some youngsters on the list, including Marissa Mayer of Google, who is just 33. This is also her first year on the list.

The highest-paid woman on the list? Alltel CFO Sharilyn Gasaway. Looks like her circle is really working for her!

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