Marillyn Hewson, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Wojcicki and more influential females leading Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ list
These are some leading ladies.
Fortune debuted its 21st annual “Most Powerful Women in Business” list on Monday, which includes CEOs from companies like General Motors, IBM, Google and Facebook, along with starry names like the queen of all media Oprah Winfrey.
Ranking in at No. 1 on the list is Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson. Hewson, 64, has secured around $1 billion in contracts so far this year for the global security and aerospace company, ramping up her company’s market value to a whopping $100 billion.
Hewson knocked GM CEO Mary Barra from the No. 1 spot, which she’d held for three years; Barra ranks No. 2 this year. Bara, 56, helped her team land a $2.25 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund to fund GM Cruise, a venture to promote autonomous vehicles in an effort to reduce fatalities, emissions and congestion on the road. She also plans to move GM’s first self-driving cars ahead for ride sharing in 2019.
Next on the list is Abigail Johnson, the chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments, who owns a reported 25.4% stake in the firm, according to Forbes. Johnson has made it a priority to bring more women into the company and fight sexual harassment. When two successful portfolio managers were accused of sexual harassment, Johnson publicly dealt with the scandal and made sure both men were fired. She also instituted a sexual harassment training program at the company.
This celebration of females paving the way for success at some of the world’s top companies is essential, considering that out of the CEOs who lead Fortune 500 companies, just 24 are women. What’s more, that number is down 25% from last year’s record-breaking 32 female CEOs. The reason for the drop is that more than one third of Fortune 500 female CEOs left their post in the last year, including seasoned execs like Avon’s Sheri McCoy and Campbell Soup Co.’s Denise Morrison, according to Fortune.
Also rounding out Fortune’s list are IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at No. 4; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at No. 6 and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at No. 10.
Oprah Winfrey ranks in at No. 51. The media mogul helped revive the wellness brand Weight Watchers, investing in — and becoming a spokesperson for — the brand in 2015, which skyrocketed its stock up to a high of $103 in June of this year from $6.79 three years ago. The investment catapulted her to becoming one of the world’s 500 richest people, and the only black female entrepreneur to make that list.
Here is a list of the top 10:
1. Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President, and CEO, Lockheed Martin
2. Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
2. Abigail Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investments
4. Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
5. Gail Boudreaux, President and CEO, Anthem
6. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
7. Safra Catz, Co-CEO, Oracle
8. Phebe Novakovic, Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
9. Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO, Google, Alphabet
10. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Google, Alphabet
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