The Power 50

Business has its ups and downs, and so, naturally, do women in business. (Bye-bye, Martha!) But the story of this list is one of achievement: The credentials of these women, including the 13 newcomers, are the strongest yet.

Charlene Begley
26. Charlene Begley
President and CEO, GE Enterprise Solutions
General Electric (GE)
2006 rank:  22
Age: 40

After running GE Plastics for two years - and overseeing the first new polymer since the 1980s - Begley helped sell the unit to Saudi Basic Industries in May for $11.6 billion, a price that was considered a pleasant surprise. Now she's running GE Enterprise Solutions, a new business focused on boosting productivity through technology and automation solutions. GE estimates that it will be an $11.6 billion operation. Begley will report directly to CEO Jeff Immelt.

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Angela Braly

Irene Rosenfeld

Pat Woertz

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Andrea Jung

Brenda Barnes

Ursula Burns

Sallie Krawcheck

Ann Livermore

Christine Poon

Anne Sweeney

Zoe Cruz

Ginni Rometty

Judy McGrath

Ann Moore

Sue Decker

Susan Desmond-Hellmann

Diane Greene

Amy Brinkley

Susan Ivey

Ellen Kullman

Charlene Begley

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Cece Sutton

Sheryl Sandberg

Abigail Johnson

Carol Meyrowitz

Carrie Cox

Linda Dillman

Shelly Lazarus

Mary Sammons

Lisa Weber

Claire Babrowski

Joanne Maguire

Colleen Goggins

Kathleen Murphy

Dawn Hudson

Liz Smith

Cathleen Black

Pam Nicholson

Melanie Healey

Amy Pascal

Deirdre Connelly

Jan Fields

Julia Stewart

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