100 years of power

From Mary Pickford to Carly Fiorina, the most powerful businesswomen by decade.

C.J. Walker (1867-1919)
1910-1920: Honorable mention
C.J. Walker (1867-1919)
Founder, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company

Daughter of a former slave, Walker (born Sarah Breedlove) may be America's first female self-made millionaire. Beginning with a hair tonic in 1905, Walker made her fortune by creating hair and beauty products for black women. At the time of her death, the company employed 20,000 agents and had sales of about $500,000 a year.

Mary Pickford

C.J. Walker

Elizabeth Arden

Lila Acheson Wallace

Mary Gindhart Roebling

Olive Ann Beech

Margaret Rudkin

Ida Rosenthal

Ruth Handler

Estée Lauder

Katharine Graham

Catherine Cleary

Linda Wachner

Carly Fiorina
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