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Most Powerful Business Women CEO in the World

Updated on January 19, 2013

Women are continuously making substantial presence and increasing influence in the corporate world. Fortune's annual ranking of the most powerful women in business has once again proved the fact of the success of business women in almost all the business giants, including IBM, Oracle, PepsiCo, Yahoo, Avon Products, Kraft Foods,Wal-Mart,J.P. Morgan Chase and many more.

In 2009 only, among the Fortune 500 companies there were 13 top most positions held by women, where in 1998 the number of women presence at the top were only two. This hub presents only the top 10 in the list of most powerful women in Business in the world.

indra_nooyi Courtesy-Pepsico
indra_nooyi Courtesy-Pepsico

1. Indra Nooyi

Position:Chairman, CEO of PepsiCo.

Thinking about her age; she is just under 53.For the four consecutive years, she has been in the top of list of most powerful women of the world. And why not, last year it under her leadership PepsiCo has made $43 billion in sales. She is considered the master of cost-savings; surely I can smell how employees feel under her leadership-yet, a survival of business saves many lives than a few job-cuts.

2. Irene Rosenfeld

Position: Chairman, CEO of Kraft Foods

She is the number 2 in the list. During the time of 2008 recession, she has shown the world how advertising campaigns change the mind of customers. Due to her innovative ad campaigns, Kraft Foods revenue rose up to 15% in that very recession stricken period-a hallmark of entreprerneship indeed. Do you know what Kraft Foods is famous for-macaroni and cheese?

most powerful women in business
most powerful women in business
irene_rosenfeld courtesy-Kraft Foods
irene_rosenfeld courtesy-Kraft Foods

3.Pat Woertz

Position: President of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

This 56 year old business genius was also in number 3 position in 2008.When she joined AMD, in 2006, she already has over three decades of extensive experience in oil industry. Within a year of her joining in, AMD’s stock got up over 15%. This is why experienced people are valued in any industries.

4. Angela Braly

Position-President, CEO of Wellpoint

She is a perfect example of how one may rise in business. If you are a man or woman, anyone may look at her career to draw inspiration for their business from this 49-year old Texan, who started her early career as a waitress. At present, Braly running a $61 billion dollar’s worth health insurance business. Since last year, Wellpoint’s stock is up above 70%.

5. Andrea Jung

Position- CEO& Chairman, Avon Products

By looking at her picture, no one will believe that she is a 51 year-old business machine; she rather looks like from a beauty pageant industry. In the history of Avon’s recruiting record, she made a record recruiting, headcount rose over 200,000 in United States alone. You can meet her at Avon head-quarter by making an appointment only one-year ahead of the due date of meeting; another good time of meeting her is when she sits in board meeting with GE and Apple.

6. Oprah

Position-chairman of Harpo

Many believe that Oprah always keep a magic wand with her-the secret of her mammoth success. I guess, business people like you and me are adults enough not to believe in that fairy tale story. She reached the height of success through hard work and gift of personality. Before that last Christmas, Oprah did little praising of Kindle, and before the end of Christmas all were sold out. I heard that she is going to launch her own cable network; still I need to confirm that by googling.

andrea_jung Courtesy-AVON
andrea_jung Courtesy-AVON

7. Ellen Kullman

Position –CEO, DuPont

Ellen Kullman, 53 year old, was in number 15 in 2008 and this year she is at number 7 in the list of most powerful women of the world-a sure threat to others in the list! Before taking top seat as a CEO of DuPont, US based chemical based products and Service Company, founded in 1802; she was working in X-ray film division for over 20 years. She is a specialist in cost-cutting and re-shuffling executives.

8. Carol Bartz

Position-Yahoo, CEO

Before joining Yahoo, Carol Bartz, 61 years of age, was with another e-commerce giant ‘Autodesk’. It was her idea to team up with Microsoft to power up her searchers. In real life she is very out-spoken, that is what exactly I read about her.

oprah_winfrey Courtesy-Harpo
oprah_winfrey Courtesy-Harpo
carol_bartz Courtesy-Yahoo
carol_bartz Courtesy-Yahoo
ursula_burns, Courtesy-Xerox
ursula_burns, Courtesy-Xerox

9. Ursula Burns

Position-CEO of Xerox

In 2008, she was in number 10 in the list. Burns is a very well known in the Fortune 500.She is also the first black female CEO in the history of Fortune 500. At present, she is giving her all the best to Xerox to rebound from its bankruptcy reputation. All the best to Ursula.

10. Brenda Barnes

Position-Chairman &CEO of Sara Lee

Brenda started her CEO career in Sara Lee in February 2005, after a six-year of corporate break-certainly a source of inspiration to all. As a CEO Sara Lee, Brenda received total compensation of $10,489,347 in 2008, including a basic salary of $100,000. That year, she was given a cash bonus-$1,993,597 with some other little stocks of $4,866,000!


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      Sweta 5 years ago

      I'M proud that women are Leading ... i think i m going to be here very soon .... so keep watching

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      anusha 5 years ago

      indira nooyi keep it up.....

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @ultmate hubber-thank you so much for stopping by.

      @webmag-it's always great to have your feedback.thanks a lot.

      @wren-thanks a lot my friend.

      @lady_E-successful business women are not only inspirational for women but for men as well.I guess anyone has the potential to be as successful as these business women are.thanks elena.

      @Maita-Thanks a lot.You are already one of them,I suspect so Maita :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      wow, amazing, Thank you for the presentation andromida, I can be one of them one day? hehe, Maita

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Awesome Andromida - very inspiring for me. I will bookmark and read up more on these ladies. It would be interesting to know the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. I'm particularly drawn to Indra.

      Thanks. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Another great hub andromida, I always like to read about women being successful in the working world, so this is right up my street. :)

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      WebMag 7 years ago

      Interesting hub. Keep hubbing!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago


      I haven't heard about them before, ofcourse other than the famous Oprah. A well researched hub!