FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen
Meg Whitman Rank: 1 (2004 Rank: 1)
Age: 49 Company:eBay Based in: San Jose Title: Chairman and CEO Get quote:EBAY
The empress of eBay still rules Silicon Valley. Though the stock has had a tough year, down about 30%, revenues and profits are strong. To keep eBay expanding it now has 68 million active users Whitman has gone shopping, buying seven new businesses for more than $1.3 billion. Up next: the controversial $2.6 billion acquisition of Skype.
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.