FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen

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15. Carol Meyrowitz
Carol Meyrowitz
TJX Cos.
2011 rank: 15
Age: 58
The discount retailer behind brands like T.J. Maxx drove fiscal 2012 sales and profits up 6% and 12%, respectively. Meyrowitz believes the $23-billion-in-revenue company can at least double in size, and apparently so do shareholders: The stock returned 75% over the past year, outperforming the S&P's 25%.
From the October 8, 2012 issue
How we pick the Power 50
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.