FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen

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9. Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman
CEO and president
2010 rank: Return
Age: 55
Sheís back! In late September the losing California gubernatorial candidate -- and former No. 1 MPW -- was named CEO of HP, Americaís largest tech company by revenue. While her ascent to the role is a sure sign of her power, it remains to be seen if she can fix the computer maker and bring order to its dysfunctional board.
Network with Hewlett-Packard
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