FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen
Rose Marie Bravo Rank: 13 (2004 rank: 13)
Company: Burberry Based in: Britain Title: CEO
Bravo, Bravo! After eight years pushing Burberry's distinctive plaid to all corners of the globe and boosting gross profit margins to an astonishing 59%, the 54-year-old American announced she will be giving up the CEO title next year to become vice chairman of the $1.3 billion raincoat-turned-fashion-house. The only cloud on the horizon: the loss of chief saleswoman Kate Moss, caught snorting cocaine this summer by a British tabloid.
From the November 14, 2005 issue
These women are among the highest paid in corporate America. All of them are employed by companies with over $1 billion in sales that filed proxies by September 1, 2005.
Newcomer Charlene Begley heads up GE's plastics division and is the youngest of this group at age 39. She bumped last year's youngest gun, Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck, now 40. But, on average, the Power 50 are in their late 40s.