FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen


Age
Just one of the women on this year's list is under 40, but 14 are under 50 years old.
Rank Name Company Age
38 Marissa Mayer Google 36
48 Meredith Whitney Meredith Whitney Advisors 41
12 Sheryl Sandberg Facebook 42
28 Susan Wojcicki Google 43
20 Charlene Begley General Electric 44
24 Mary Callahan Erdoes J.P. Morgan Chase 44
46 Shari Ballard Best Buy 45
31 Gina Drosos Procter & Gamble 48
32 Kathleen Murphy Fidelity Investments 48
39 Bridget Van Kralingen IBM 48
43 Lauren Zalaznick Comcast 48
47 Deanna Mulligan The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America 48
11 Safra Catz Oracle 49
18 Abigail Johnson Fidelity Investments 49
23 Rosalind Brewer Wal-Mart 49
13 Melanie Healey Procter & Gamble 50
19 Susan Wagner BlackRock 50
5 Angela Braly Wellpoint 51
25 Deirdre Connelly GlaxoSmithKline 51
26 Pamela Nicholson Enterprise Holdings 51
30 Gail Boudreaux UnitedHealth Group 51
10 Sherilyn McCoy Johnson & Johnson 52
6 Andrea Jung Avon Products 53
8 Ursula Burns Xerox 53
14 Anne Sweeney The Walt Disney Company 53
41 Phebe Novakovic General Dynamics 53
50 Amy Pascal Sony 53
7 Ginni Rometty IBM 54
22 Susan Chambers Wal-Mart Stores 54
2 Indra Nooyi PepsiCo. 55
4 Ellen Kullman DuPont 55
9 Meg Whitman Hewlett-Packard 55
35 Lynn Elsenhans Sunoco 55
44 Laura Sen BJ's Wholesale Club 55
45 Debra Reed Sempra Energy 55
17 Jan Fields McDonalds 56
37 Maggie Wilderotter Frontier Communications 56
49 Beth Mooney Key Corp 56
15 Carol Meyrowitz The TJX Companies 57
16 Oprah Winfrey Harpo 57
21 Denise Morrison Campbell Soup 57
27 Marillyn Hewson Lockheed Martin 57
29 Joanne Maguire Lockheed Martin 57
1 Irene Rosenfeld Kraft Foods 58
3 Patricia Woertz Archer Daniels Midland 58
33 Linda Gooden Lockheed Martin 58
40 Abbe Raven A&E Television Networks 58
42 Ilene Gordon Corn Products Intl. 58
34 Linda Hudson BAE Systems, Inc. 61
36 Bonnie Hammer Comcast 61
From the October 17, 2011 issue
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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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