19. Patricia Barbizet
CEO, Art駑is Holding
2005 rank: 18
The best way to describe Barbizet's job? Enforcer. As CEO of the holding company that owns a majority stake in the $35 billion retail conglomerate PPR, it's her job to see that all the companies in PPR's portfolio (including Samsonite, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent) are adding to the bottom line. Just ask the folks at Printemps耀he dumped PPR's stake in the struggling department-store chain this year.
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)