Age
3 of the women on this year's list are under 40, and nearly half (23) are 50 or under.
Rank Name Company Age
50 Marissa Mayer Google 33
35 Meredith Whitney Oppenheimer & Co. 38
34 Sheryl Sandberg Facebook 39
26 Charlene Begley General Electric 41
30 Liz Smith Avon Products 45
38 Lisa Weber MetLife 45
39 Sue Decker Yahoo 45
41 Kathleen Murphy ING 45
16 Safra Catz Oracle 46
28 Abigail Johnson Fidelity 46
5 Angela Braly Wellpoint 47
37 Melanie Healey Procter & Gamble 47
29 Pamela Nicholson Enterprise 48
42 Deirdre Connelly Eli Lilly 48
45 Gail Boudreaux UnitedHealth Group 48
46 Lorrie Norrington eBay 48
23 Susan Ivey Reynolds American 49
44 Sherilyn McCoy Johnson & Johnson 49
6 Andrea Jung Avon Products 50
10 Ursula Burns Xerox 50
11 Ann Livermore Hewlett-Packard 50
12 Anne Sweeney Walt Disney 50
33 Cece Sutton Wachovia 50
13 Susan Desmond-Hellmann Genentech 51
14 Ginni Rometty IBM 51
25 Susan Chambers Wal-Mart 51
32 Carrie Cox Global Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough 51
40 Claire Babrowski Toys "R" Us 51
1 Indra Nooyi PepsiCo 52
15 Ellen Kullman Dupont 52
22 Amy Brinkley Bank of America 52
48 Lynn Elsenhans Sunoco 52
36 Jan Fields McDonald's USA, McDonald's 53
7 Susan Arnold Procter & Gamble 54
8 Oprah Winfrey Harpo 54
9 Brenda Barnes Sara Lee 54
19 Carol Meyrowitz TJX 54
24 Colleen Goggins Johnson & Johnson 54
31 Joanne Maguire Lockheed Martin 54
43 Nancy Peretsman Allen & Co. 54
2 Irene Rosenfeld Kraft Foods 55
3 Pat Woertz Archer Daniels Midland 55
4 Anne Mulcahy Xerox 55
17 Heidi Miller J.P. Morgan Chase 55
27 Barbara Desoer Bank of America 55
18 Judy McGrath Viacom 56
20 Ann Moore Time Inc. 58
47 Terri Dial Citigroup 58
21 Christina Gold Western Union 61
49 Cathie Black Hearst Magazines 64
From the Oct. 13, 2008 issue
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    No ëwise mení on Wall St.
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    Buffett: Build economic confidence
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    Cracks in the glass ceiling
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    Investing abroad
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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