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10 Most Powerful Women In Business

Read the International Edition of our Most Powerful Women list. Explore the list of top 10 influential women who are at the helm of power signing billion dollar deals, creating new businesses, acquiring companies and building brands.

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Marillyn Adams Hewson

Marillyn Adams Hewson

Marillyn Adams Hewson is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin. In 2015, Hewson was named the 20th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Hewson joined Lockheed Martin in 1983. She has held a variety of executive positions with the company, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Electronic Systems
In 2017, Hewson was listed at #35 on the Harvard Business Review "The Best-Performing CEOs in the World 2017" list. In 2018, Hewson was awarded the Edison Achievement Award for her leadership and achievements in making a lasting contribution to the world of innovation.
Hewson was ranked 4th, in 2015 issue of Fortune Magzine. She was also named the 21st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2014.

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Mary Teresa Barra

Mary Teresa Barra

Mary Teresa Barra is the Chairwoman and CEO of General Motors Company. She has held the CEO position since January 15, 2014, and she is the first female CEO of a major global automaker. Barra also served as the Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain at General Motors.
Barra started working for General Motors at the age of 18, as a co-op student in 1980 and subsequently held a variety of engineering and administrative positions, including managing the Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant.
When Barra took over as chief executive of General Motors in January 2014, she became the first ever female to head an automobile manufacturer.
Barra was listed as one of the world's most powerful women by Forbes, for the fifth time, in 2016. She was most recently listed as the fifth Most Powerful Women, rising from 35th in 2013. Barra was first in Fortune's Most Powerful Women list in 2015, up from second the year before. She remained in the number one spot in Fortune's Most Powerful Women of 2017 and Number 5 on Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women List in the same year.

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Abigail Pierrepont Johnson

Abigail Pierrepont Johnson

*Abigail Pierrepont Johnson *is an American businesswoman. Since 2014, Johnson has been president and chief executive officer of US investment firm Fidelity Investments (FMR) and chairman of its international sister company Fidelity International (FIL). As of March 2013, the Johnson family owned a 49% stake in the company, with Johnson herself holding an estimated 24.5%.
In November 2016, Johnson was named chairman and will remain CEO and president, giving her full control of Fidelity with 45,000 employees worldwide. Johnson's wealth is approximately $16.5 billion, making her one of the world's wealthiest women.
She is the first and only woman to serve on the board of the Financial Services Forum.
In 2018, “Forbes” ranked her as 5th most powerful woman in the world. In 2016, "Forbes" ranked her as the 16th most powerful woman in the world. In 2015, she was ranked as #19. In 2014, she was #34 and in 2017 #7.

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Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty

*Rometty's *tenure as IBM's CEO has been marked by noteworthy awards including by Bloomberg's 50 Most Influential People in the World, Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business", Time's 20 Most Important People in Tech and Forbes' America's Top 50 Women In Tech. Her tenure has also been met by fierce criticism relating to executive compensation bonuses, layoffs, outsourcing and presiding over 24 consecutive quarters of revenue decline.
1979–1990s: GM and IBM technical positions
2000–2011: IBM management
2012–present: CEO of IBM
In May 2017, Austin Business reported that Rometty had successfully shifted IBM away from "shrinking businesses such as computers and operating system software, and into higher-growth areas like artificial intelligence."
On June 28, 2017, she was awarded the KPMG Inspire Greatness Award. In January 2018, she announced IBM's first quarter of year-over-year revenue increase since 2012, with particular growth in areas such as data, blockchain, and the cloud. By 2018, she stated that around half of IBM's 9,043 patents in 2017 were in AI, cloud computing, cybersecurity, blockchain and quantum computing.

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Gail Koziara Boudreaux

Gail Koziara Boudreaux

*Gail Koziara Boudreaux *is an American businesswoman and athlete. In college, she was a standout player for the Dartmouth Big Green Women's basketball team from 1978 through 1982. She later served as an executive for a number of companies such as Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (2002) and UnitedHealth Group (2008).
In 2009 she was listed at #54 on the Forbes list of "The 100 Most Powerful Women". From 2008 to 2014 she was on the Fortune list of powerful women, peaking at #25.
In November 2017, she became CEO of Anthem Inc., now the second largest American company with a woman as CEO.
In May 2008 she became Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth care at UnitedHealth Group. From January 2011 to November 2014 she served as the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare, the biggest US insurer, serving 45 million customers with revenue of $120 billion.
Boudreaux was honored from 2008 to 2014 as one of Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business. Additionally, she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in The World list and was recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the top 25 industry leaders and included on Today’s Chicago Woman list of 100 Women of Influence.

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Sheryl Kara Sandberg

Sheryl Kara Sandberg

Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire. She is the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook's board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on its board. Before she joined Facebook as its COO, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, and was involved in launching Google's philanthropic arm Google.org. Before Google, Sandberg served as chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers.
In 2012, she was named in the Time 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world according to Time magazine. As of June 2015, Sandberg is reported to be worth over US$1 billion, due to her stock holdings in Facebook and other companies.
• Sandberg has been ranked one of the 50 "Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune Magazine:
• In 2007 she was ranked #29 and was the youngest woman on the list.
• In 2008 she was ranked #34.
• In 2009 she was ranked #22.
• In 2010 she was ranked #16.
• In 2014 she was ranked #10.
• In 2016 she was ranked #6.
• In 2017 she was ranked #5.
• In 2018 she was ranked #6.
• On the list of 50 "Women to Watch" by The Wall Street Journal.
• She was ranked #19 on that list in 2007.
• She was ranked #21 on that list in 2008.
• Sandberg was named one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web" by Business Week in 2009.
• She has been listed as one of the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes. In 2014, Sandberg was listed as ninth, just behind Michelle Obama, and in 2017 Number 4.

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Safra A. Catz

Safra A. Catz

Safra A. Catz is an Israeli-born American business executive. She has been an executive at Oracle Corporation since April 1999, and a board member since 2001. In April 2011 she was named co-president and chief financial officer, reporting to founder/CTO Larry Ellison. On September 18, 2014, Oracle announced that Larry Ellison would step down as CEO and that Mark Hurd and Catz had been named as the new CEOs.
Catz was a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, joining in 1986; Catz served as a managing director from February 1997 to March 1999 and a senior vice president from January 1994 to February 1997.
Catz joined Oracle Corporation in April 1999. Catz became a member of the company's Board of Directors in October 2001 and President of Oracle Corporation in early 2004. She is credited for having driven Oracle's 2005 efforts to acquire software rival PeopleSoft in a $10.3 billion takeover.
In 2009 she was ranked by Fortune as the 12th most powerful woman in business.In 2009 she was also ranked by Forbes as the 16th most powerful business-woman. In 2014, she was ranked at #24.
Catz is the highest paid female CEO of any U.S. company as of April 2017, earning $40.9 million after a 23% drop in her total compensation relative to 2016.[20]
Catz was elected to the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company on December 7, 2017, effective on February 1, 2018.

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Phebe Novakovic

Phebe Novakovic

*Phebe Novakovic *is an American businesswoman and former intelligence officer. She serves as the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics. As of 2018, she is listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
She worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. From 1997 to 2001, she worked for the United States Department of Defense. She joined General Dynamics in 2001 and became President and Chief Operation Officer in 2012. She has served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics since January 2013.
She is listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, rising from 56th in 2015 and 65th in 2014.

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Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat is an English-born American financial executive, who currently serves as chief financial officer (CFO) of Alphabet Inc. as well as its subsidiary Google. Porat was CFO and executive vice president of Morgan Stanley from January 2010 to May 2015.
Porat began her career at Morgan Stanley in 1987 and left in 1993 to follow Morgan Stanley President Robert F. Greenhill to Smith Barney in 1993. On March 24, 2015, it was announced that Porat would join Google as their new CFO as of May 26, 2015.
In 2017, Porat was listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes

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Susan Diane Wojcicki

Susan Diane Wojcicki

Susan Diane Wojcicki is a Polish-American technology executive. She has been the CEO of YouTube since February 2014. Wojcicki was involved in the founding of Google, and became Google's first marketing manager in 1999. She was in charge of Google's original video service, and after observing the success of YouTube, proposed the acquisition of YouTube by Google in 2006.
Wojcicki has an estimated net worth of nearly $500 million. Wojcicki grew within Google to become senior vice president of Advertising & Commerce and lead the advertising and analytic products, including AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics.
YouTube, then a small start-up, was successfully competing with Google's Google Video service, overseen by Wojcicki. Her response was to propose the purchase of YouTube. She handled two of Google's largest acquisitions — the $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube in 2006 and the $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick in 2007.
CEO of YouTube
In February 2014, she became the CEO of YouTube.
Wojcicki, called "the most important person in advertising", was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2015 and described in a later issue of Time as “the most powerful woman on the Internet”.
Wojcicki was named #1 on the Adweek Top 50 Execs list in 2013, which recognizes the top media executives within an organization. She was named #27 on Vanity Fair's New Establishment list in 2015.
In 2017, Wojcicki ranked #6 on Forbes list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
In 2018, Wojcicki ranked #10 on Fortune's list of Most Powerful Women.
Wojcicki is currently ranked #41 on Forbes list of America's Self-Made Women.