FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen
Zoe Cruz Rank: 19 (2004 Rank: 16)
Age: 50 Company:Morgan Stanley Based in: New York Title: Acting President Get quote:MWD
In a topsy-turvy year, Cruz demonstrated staying power. An ally of Phil Purcell, who named her co-president in March, she stayed on when he went out and her former mentor, John Mack, came in. She lost her board seat, but Mack said he's keeping the "Cruz missile" in his arsenal even as he considers naming someone to share the presidency.
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.