18. Val Gooding
2005 rank: 16
The head of Britain's largest private health-care provider was one of the country's highest-paid female executives, earning a reported $4.1 million last year. But Gooding, 56, has the results to show for it: Revenue was up 8%, to $7.1 billion, and profits before taxes jumped 22%, to $554 million.
Call it the year of the Most Powerful Woman CEO. In fact the top seven positions on the 2006 list are held by chief executives.) (more)
Which corporate women raked it in - and how much did they earn? (more)