The Global Power 50 FORTUNE searched far and wide beyond our shores to find 50 powerful women in business. Here, we present the top ten.
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(FORTUNE Magazine) – 1 Marjorie Scardino CEO Pearson BRITAIN

In her five years as the CEO of Pearson, the tough,Texas-born Scardino has turned a hodgepodge into a focused media and entertainment giant. But the stock has been sliding downhill, and in the current lousy advertising market, her goals to increase revenue growth may be hard to meet.

2 Anne Lauvergeon Chairman Areva FRANCE

Lauvergeon is not just powerful--she's nuclear powered. As the head of Areva, she runs a $9 billion holding company that includes a state nuclear-fuels company, a state atomic-energy firm, and a nuclear engineering firm.

3 Mary Ma Senior VP and CFO Legend HONG KONG

Ma joined Legend in 1990, six years after its founding, and is one of the brains behind its transformation from a small, state-owned enterprise into a $3.5 billion private corporation selling one-third of all personal computers in China.

4 Marianne Nivert President and CEO Telia SWEDEN

Nivert spent 40 years at Sweden's $5.7 billion state-owned telecom before becoming CEO earlier this year. But Nivert, 61, will have to sprint to fulfill her mission to make Telia a top mobile-network provider; she plans to retire at age 62.

5 Lien Siaou-Sze Vice President Hewlett-Packard HONG KONG

Lien Siaou-Sze speaks softly--and carries enormous clout. As one of four regional directors, Lien heads HP's operations in the Asia Pacific region, overseeing 16,000 employees from Indonesia to New Zealand. It's a major market: One of every seven dollars HP takes in comes from Asia, and revenues in fiscal 2000 (ended in October) were up 40%, to $7.1 billion.

6 Patricia Barbizet CEO Artemis FRANCE

As chief executive of Artemis, the private holding company of Francois Pinault, France's most secretive tycoon, Barbizet administers an eclectic array of investments. Artemis' holdings run the gamut from timber to retail to Christie's auction house. But Barbizet won't take control when Pinault, now 65, eventually retires; earlier this year he anointed his eldest son for the job.

7 Eiko Kono President Recruit JAPAN

With sales of $3 billion a year, Recruit is the largest company in Japan headed by a woman. It is also ubiquitous. The company's classified-advertising magazines seem to be on every newsstand and in every convenience store, offering jobs, used cars, and apartments. Kono rose through the ranks to become Recruit's president in 1997 and has turned the company around. In March, Recruit reported profits of almost $18 million, a record for the company.

8 Belinda Stronach CEO Magna International CANADA

Stronach has toiled in the family company for 16 years, but when she became CEO of the $10.5 billion automobile-parts giant founded by her father, some critics questioned if she could hack the job. At 35, Stronach has more experience in human resources and corporate affairs than on the factory floor. She also has the unusual distinction of taking over the top job from her ex-husband, who still works there. "It's not normal," she admits.

9 Marina Berlusconi Vice Chairman Fininvest ITALY

Now that Silvio Berlusconi is Prime Minister of Italy, his 35-year-old daughter is the top-ranking family member at Fininvest, Italy's most powerful media company. Nicknamed "Czarina," Marina is vice chairman of the $4 billion family group and oversees interests from TV and newspapers to soccer.

10 Christine Tsung President and CEO China Airlines TAIWAN

Tsung knows that China Air could benefit as Taipei and Beijing ever so slowly reduce barriers to direct travel and commerce, and she is making investments in mainland cargo companies to get ready. She's also making money: China Air will earn more than $95 million this year, its best performance in five years.

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