FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen

This year's list features eight newcomers hailing from a broad swath of industries.
Rank Name Company Age
21 Denise Morrison Campbell Soup 57
39 Bridget Van Kralingen IBM 48
40 Abbe Raven A&E Television Networks 58
42 Ilene Gordon Corn Products Intl. 58
44 Laura Sen BJ's Wholesale Club 55
45 Debra Reed Sempra Energy 55
47 Deanna Mulligan The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America 48
49 Beth Mooney Key Corp 56
From the October 17, 2011 issue
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How we pick the Power 50
The 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 societal and cultural influence.

Name 2010 total compensation
Safra A. Catz $42 million
Wellington J. Denahan-Norris $23.6 million
Carol Meyrowitz $19.2 million
Name Rank
Cynthia Carroll 1
Gail Kelly 2
Marjorie Scardino 3
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