Co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Sony 2010 rank: 47 Age: 53
Itís been bittersweet for Pascal -- even with hits like The Social Network and Salt, overall ticket sales fell in 2010, and high marketing costs kept profits flat. But Sony
executives are bullish on the studio, and Pascal renewed her employment contract for five years.
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the womanís business in the global economy, the health and direction of the
business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.