The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business: Global edition

By pushing into new territories and inspiring women in their home countries, these globetrotters are, quite literally, taking on the world.

11.  Sheryl Sandberg

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  • Title: COO
  • Company: Facebook
  • Age: 44
  • Country: U.S.

As the No. 2 of Facebook (FB, Fortune 500), which is available in some 70 languages and generates more than half its revenue from outside the U.S.,Sandberg plays a critical role in fostering global conversations. She's also trying to spread her personal message of career empowerment: Her career book, Lean In, has been translated into more than 20 languages.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated February 06 2014 04:25 PM ET
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How we pick the Most Powerful Women
To compile this first-ever global MPW ranking, the editors weighed many of the same factors historically used to measure executive power: the size and importance of the business, its health and direction, and the arc of the leader’s career. This time, though, the editors placed emphasis on the international nature of the executive’s operation and her standing in the worldwide business community. Thus, someone like Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, No. 15 on Fortune’s list of American MPW, drops to No. 39 on the global list because while she sources wares from around the world, all her sales come from just one market, the U.S.
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