And the winners are...
Perhaps the only thing more challenging than the business environment this year was the criteria for making the list, which, with eight newcomers, was our most competitive yet. more
  1. Indra Nooyi
  2. Irene Rosenfeld
  3. Pat Woertz
  4. Anne Mulcahy
  5. Angela Braly
  1. Andrea Jung
  2. Susan Arnold
  3. Oprah Winfrey
  4. Brenda Barnes
  5. Ursula Burns

No ëwise mení on Wall St. Oppenheimer analyst Meredith Whitney says Citi needed the Wachovia deal to wean itself off of capital-markets dependency. more

Bailout 'doesn't make sense' Legendary investor Warren Buffett tells CNNMoney.com that the credit crisis has exposed serious flaws in the financial system. more

Live: The winners meet Oppenheimer analyst Meredith Whitney argues that the Paulson plan wouldn't address the crisis of confidence in the economy. more

25 Highest-paid
Freeport McMoRan's Kathleen Quirk took home a cool $16 million last year. Which corporate women raked in even more? more
The new Valley Girls' network
Meet tech's next-gen leaders, and see how they're all connected. more
12 List dropouts
A few familiar (and not so familiar) faces dropped off this year's 50 Most Powerful Women list. more
 
50 Global leaders
See which women executives are on top of the world. more
Are guys cut out for the womanized workplace of the 21st century? In an excerpt from a new book, The Decline of Men, the author explores why many males are tuning out and giving up. more
The tech world has a new inner circle. They're young, they're global, they have power marriages and little kids. And unlike their predecessors, they're relying on a unique social network to get ahead. more
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Sharilyn Gasaway $38.6 million
Safra Catz $34.1 million
Diane Greene $16.4 million
Cynthia Carroll Britain
Gail Kelly Australia
Linda Cook Netherlands