May 24, 2013
The 25 Most Powerful Women CEOs

Whoever said it’s a man’s world hasn’t looked at this Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful Women 2013. The list was compiled based on each woman’s wealth, media presence and impact.

Of the 100 women on the list, we pulled out 25 CEOs. The companies these women lead range from technology giant IBM to Brazil’s oil behemoth, Petrobras.

Most of these women are married, all attended college and many received advanced degrees including 16 masters degrees and two doctorates. The average age of these women is 54.9, and they have an average of 2.2 children.

These 25 women are proven leaders who control $893 billion in annual revenue.

Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo CEO
Rank: 10
MBA, Yale University

Nooyi has been hard at work and it shows. The first quarter revenue of PepsiCo jumped 1.2 percent to $13 billion, and she is overseeing the development of a new sweetener that could move Pepsi ahead of Coca-Cola.

Virginia Rometty

Rank: 12
Bachelor of Arts/Science, Northwestern University

Steering a 102-year-old company into the future is no easy task, but Rometty is more than tough enough for the job. Soon after reporting an earnings shortfall in April, Rometty rebuked all 434,000 employees, telling them to “step up.”

Ursula Burns

Xerox CEO
Rank: 14
Master of Science, Columbia University

Under the direction of Burns, Xerox is much more than a copy company. More than 50 percent of its $22.4 billion in revenue comes from IT services. Over the next 12 to 18 months, Burns will pursue a number of acquisitions, particularly in data analytics.

Meg Whitman

Rank: 15
MBA, Harvard

Meg Whitman is consistently optimistic about HP’s future despite its troubled past. Said Whitman, “I cannot change the past but I can change the future.” The HP chief also has some political clout, having run for California governor in 2010.

Maria das Gracas Silva

Petrobras CEO
Rank: 18
Master of Science, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Maria das Gracas Silva Foster took over the largest company in the Southern Hemisphere by sales ($144 billion) last year. She led the company as it produced about 2 million barrels of crude oil a day and expects similar levels this year.

Irene Rosenfeld

Mondelez International CEO
Rank: 20
Doctorate, Cornell University

Rosenfeld made a bold decision to divide Kraft into two separate companies: Kraft and Mondelez International. She’s also set some very aggressive goals for the new company including 5 percent revenue increase in 2013.

Sheri McCoy

Avon Products CEO
Rank: 27
MBA, Rutgers University

McCoy is one of the most powerful women in the cosmetics industry, leading an $11-billion-a-year company. After one year with McCoy at the helm, the once struggling Avon has reported a significant rebound in shares.

Marissa Mayer

Ghosn Yahoo CEO
Rank: 32
Master of Science, Stanford University

Marissa Mayer took over Yahoo in July 2012 after 13 years at Google. In that short time she has overseen the overhaul of Flickr, a home-page redesign and many acquisitions including the recent $1.1 billion Tumblr deal.

Marillyn Hewson

Lockheed Martin CEO
Rank: 34
Master of Arts, University of Alabama

Hewson has spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill since taking over as CEO of Lockheed Martin in January. She claims Department of Defense budget cuts won’t hurt the company’s bottom line, although weapons manufacturers are likely to take a hit if no alternative is found.

Ellen Kullman

DuPont CEO
Rank: 42
Master of Arts, Northwestern University

Kullman has led DuPont through a massive first quarter with net profits more than doubling. She is the company’s first female CEO and she continues to set aggressive goals for the chemical giant.

Rosalind Brewer

Sam’s Club CEO
Rank: 44
Bachelor of Arts/Science, Spelman College

Brewer is the first woman—and first African American—to become the CEO of a Walmart business unit. She started in 2006 and has made major changes to the retailer, including free Wi-Fi in all 620 locations to try and increase smartphone shopping.

Zhang Xin

Soho China CEO
Rank: 50
Master of Arts, Cambridge University

Zhang and her husband are co-founders of Soho China, a massive Beijing real estate development firm. Not only is she wealthy (she and her husband are worth a combined $3.6 billion), but she is a Chinese celebrity with more than 5.9 Weibo followers.

Angela Ahrendts

Burberry Group CEO
Rank: 53
Bachelor of Arts/Science, Ball State University

Ahrendts has had an impressive run as CEO of the largest luxury apparel and accessories company in the U.K.—and she’s not done yet. Social media is a big part of her strategy, and Burberry is now the leading luxury brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Gail Kelly

Westpac Banking Group CEO
Rank: 62
MBA, University of Witwatersrand

Kelly had a goal to have women fill 40 percent of top managerial positions at Westpac, and she surprised many when she met that goal two years earlier than anticipated. Kelly says the biggest thing she’s learned as CEO has been putting the right people in the right roles and holding them accountable.

Ho Ching

Temasek CEO
Rank: 64
Master of Science, Stanford University

Not only does Ho Ching lead Singpore’s state investment agency with revenues of $12.7 billion, but she is also the wife of the nation’s prime minister. She became the CEO in 2004, and the company’s portfolio has grown more than $100 billion during that time.

Chanda Kochhar

Rank: 65
Master of Arts, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies

With the Indian economy struggling, Kochhar has managed to lead the nation’s largest private bank to another profitable year. Because of her focus high-demand services like mortgages and auto loans, the bank just brought in $1.5 billion in net profit.

Helene Gayle

Rank: 68
Medical Doctorate, University of Pennsylvania

In 2012, under Gayle’s leadership, CARE reached more than 83 million people through 997 projects in 84 countries. CARE was ranked second in the world among NGOs for humanitarian relief efforts.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch CEO
Rank: 69
Bachelor of Arts/Science, University of Pennsylvania

Burch had quite a year last year, bringing in $800 million in revenue from her fashion label, and becoming the second youngest self-made female billionaire in America. Her company is valued at well over $3 billion and she owns a 28.3 percent stake.

Patricia Woertz

Archer Daniels Midland CEO
Rank: 71
Bachelor of Arts/Science, Pennsylvania State University

Woertz moved ADM closer to a $3 billion deal that would acquire GrainCorp Ltd, an Australian grain trader that would give ADM the largest corn processor in the world. This deal would open the door to export goods to China and the rest of Asia.

Phebe Novakovic

General Dynamics CEO
Rank: 75
MBA, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

Novakovic, a former CIA officer and senior Pentagon official was appointed in January of this year to lead the nation’s oldest military contractor. Revenues for 2012 were $31.5 billion.

Denise Morrison

Campbell Soup CEO
Rank: 81
Bachelor of Arts/Science, Boston College

Morrison is committed to innovation introducing more than 50 new products in one year. She is revamping packaging and offering exotic flavors like curry and cumin over condensed tomato in an effort to appeal to more millennials.

Carol Meyrowitz

Rank: 82
Bachelor of Arts/Science, Rider University

Meyrowitz oversees more than 3,000 discount retail stores, under the brands of T.J. Maxx, Homegoods and Marshalls. Sales in 2012 were up 11.6 percent to $25.9 billion. She has plans to increase revenue to $40 billion and store count to 4,500.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO
Rank: 84
MBA, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

Lavizzo-Mourey leads the fourth largest charitable foundation in the U.S., and the largest that is exclusively dedicated to healthcare. She has been in charge for 10 years and oversees nearly 800 grants worth $360 million annually.

Mindy Grossman

Rank: 89
George Washington University

In 2006, Grossman stepped away from her position as the global VP at Nike to run the $3.2 billion (sales) HSN. Since then, she has been successful in finding creative ways to broaden its audience by using technology and leveraging pop culture. Now digital sales account for about 45 percent of HSN total revenues.

Lubna S. Olayan

Olayan Financing Company CEO
Rank: 92
MBA, Indiana University

Olayan runs the company that her father founded 65 years ago. She is in charge of overseeing all the investments and joint ventures, including the Nabisco plant it created with Mondelez.