FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen
Oprah Winfrey Rank: 4 (2004 Rank: 6)
Age: 51 Company: Harpo Title: Chairman
Oprah's awesome cultural influence keeps waxing. Her talk show, in its 20th year, had more than nine million daily viewers last season. Her newest magazine, O at Home, is a hit. And she will shortly make her Broadway debut as a producer of The Color Purple.
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.