FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen
Anne Sweeney Rank: 16 (2004 Rank: 18)
Age: 47 Company:Walt Disney Based in: Burbank Title: Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; President, Disney-ABC Television Get quote:DIS
Talk about an extreme makeover. Sweeney has been on the job for only 19 months, but she has taken fourth-place ABC and propelled it to early wins among viewers ages 18 to 49. Runaway hits like Lost and Desperate Housewives stuffed ABC's coffers with $2.7 billion worth of upfront ads, $600 million more than last year.
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.