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9. Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman
CEO and president
Hewlett-Packard
2010 rank: Return
Age: 55
She’s back! In late September the losing California gubernatorial candidate -- and former No. 1 MPW -- was named CEO of HP, America’s largest tech company by revenue. While her ascent to the role is a sure sign of her power, it remains to be seen if she can fix the computer maker and bring order to its dysfunctional board.
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From the October 17, 2011 issue
25 Highest-paid women

Oracle's Safra Catz raked in a whopping $42 million in total compensation last year. See how much the other top earners took home.

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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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