FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen

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20. Charlene Begley
Charlene Begley
President and CEO, GE Home and Business Solutions; SVP and CIO, GE
General Electric
2010 rank: 20
Age: 44
The GE lifer saw the size of her business more than double to $8.6 billion in 2010 after a reorganization gave her oversight of the appliance and lighting businesses. She reports to CEO Jeff Immelt and manages more than 39,000 employees.
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From the October 17, 2011 issue
How we pick the Power 50
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the womanís business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.

Name 2010 total compensation
Safra A. Catz $42 million
Wellington J. Denahan-Norris $23.6 million
Carol Meyrowitz $19.2 million
Name Rank
Cynthia Carroll 1
Gail Kelly 2
Marjorie Scardino 3