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Top Ten High-Paid Women in Corporate America

Updated on November 13, 2015

Top three

Safra Catz
Safra Catz
Linda Chen
Linda Chen
Sharon Turney
Sharon Turney

Besides those women who have inherited incredible amounts of money or those made rich by their deceased husbands, there are those that work hard for their money in high profile jobs.
According to Fortune , the top ten high-paid women in corporate America are:

Safra Catz, President of Oracle, $42.4 million year You Go Girl!

Linda Chen, President of Wynn International Marketing, Limited, 23.9 million year

Sharen Turney, EVP, President and CEO of Victoria Secret, $20.3 million year

Wellington Denahan-Norris, Vice Chairman, Chief Investment Office and COO of Annaly Capital Management, 2008 Total compensation $20 million year

Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, 2008 Total compensation $19.5 million year

Ann Livermore, EVP, Technology Solutions Group, Hewlett-Packard, $17.3 million year

Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods, $16 million year

Candice Bagby, Former SEVP and Consumer Services Group Head, Regions Financial, $15. 2 million year

Patricia Woertz, Chairman, President and Ceo, Archer Daniels Midland, $15 million year

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo, $14.9 million year

These pale in comparison to others who are considered the world’s richest women. Christy Walton, who is worth $20 billion is the widow of Wal-mart founder John Walton (he passed away in a plane crash in 2005). Alice Walton, daughter of the late John Walton is second worth $19.5 billion. But, nonetheless, their salaries are remarkable.

Here are some great sites for working mothers:

Moms tired of working

What about women who choose to give up a career and stay home with their children? Do you consider it a shame if a career woman decides to give it all up for her family? Who can put a price on the worth of a child?

Seeking wealth is good if it does not neglect the more important thing, the future of our family and nation. I am not judging women who have chosen to pursue careers. In fact, I have worked most of my married life, even while my children were young (at least part time). The economy makes it difficult to live on only one income these days.

I do admire women who are willing to give up the praise of the world to raise their children in a wholesome manner. It is very hard being a stay-at-home mother. Many mothers are career women and good mothers too, but that is really stretching them thin.

Here are a few thoughts on mothering.

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~Jane Sellman

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. ~Margaret Culkin Banning

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood. ~Isadora Duncan


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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Newton Das - so kind of you.

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    Newton Das 6 years ago

    In todays world women forms 50% of the talent poll of corporate world.....they are professionally and academically trained.....they enhance the workfield diversity.... wish all women happy womens day.....

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Me too yenajeon. At least we can be the best us, right?

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    yenajeon 7 years ago from California

    I'd LOVE to be that list! Yay for women supporting women!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks LianaK for your comments. The hardest thing about being a working mother is the guilt it engenders. Don't take it too hard. Aloha!

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    I love your quotes about mothers :). I too can not imagine making millions. Someday I hope to be a stay at home mom--at least 90% of the time :). Thanks for the wonderful reflective hub.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you Pamela99 and Cari Jean. I agree that it is ideal to be a stay at home mom if at all possible. It is a hard choice to make for mothers. Aloha!

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    Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    This is a nice hub. I can't imagine making millions - I would be giving a lot of it a way. I'm a stay at home mom - before I stayed home I worked and my husband was a stay at home dad. Although we would have "more" if we both worked I'm glad one of us has always been at home with her.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Elayne, Obviously those salaries look great and I'm sure these women are very bright. I think staying home particularly when your children are in their formative years is a wonderful thing to do. This is especially true if you do not have the perfect person to care for your child. Basic trust and many personality traits are formed in those beginning years. Not everyone has a chose but I respect those that choose to give up something to stay home.