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47. Deanna Mulligan
Deanna Mulligan
President and CEO
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
2010 rank: New
Age: 48
Mulligan joined the insurer as executive vice president in 2008, then quickly got promoted twice before moving into the CEO spot in July, making her one of 15 women to lead a Fortune 500 company. The fourth-largest mutual life insurer in the U.S. manages $33 billion in assets.
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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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