Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in business

Nearly everyone on the list is striving to reinvent her business. Meet a group of executives who don't sit still.

8.  Marissa Mayer

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  • Title: President and CEO
  • Company: Yahoo
  • Age: 38
  • Last year's rank: 14

Not many CEOs can juggle buying a nearly revenueless company (Tumblr) for $1 billion, pose for a glam photo shoot (in Vogue), and devote a weekend to a task more suited to graphic designers (craft a new logo). Suffice it to say, not many CEOs are Marissa Mayer. Investors are happy: the stock is up 111% in the past 12 months, which has, in turn, lifted Mayer's fortunes. Her 2012 total pay, including stock option awards, was $36.6 million, according to Equilar, a specialist in executive compensation data.

Additional reporting by Miguel Helft, Jessi Hempel, Adam Lashinsky, Jennifer Reingold, Shawn Tully, Patricia Sellers and Alex Taylor III
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated November 21 2013 02:44 PM ET
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How we pick the Most Powerful Women
The Most Powerful Women in Business list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career (resume and runway ahead), and social and cultural influence.
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