FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen

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37. Abbe Raven
Abbe Raven
President and CEO
A&E Television Networks
2011 rank: 40
Age: 59
In July, NBCUniversal sold its 15.8% stake in A&E Networks to Disney and Hearst in a deal that valued the venture at $20 billion. Raven is pushing the group into new areas. History Channel this year broadcast Hatfields & McCoys, an original series whose May premiere averaged 17.2 million viewers.
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.