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3. Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman
President and CEO
Hewlett-Packard
2011 rank: 9
Age: 56
Whitman was supposed to be HP's savior, but the hoped-for turnaround has yet to materialize: Profits fell 19% in 2011, and the stock is down 19% this year. But HP, with $127 billion in annual sales, gives Whitman huge power. Can she restore the tech company to its former glory?
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.