The 21st century is the era which sees women as setting equal footing with their opposite gender. And few women entrepreneurs have proved this notion quite well. They are the ones who have surpassed all societal obstacles and have emerged as the most prominent female business leaders for 2013. From Marissa Mayer to Maria das Gracas Silva Foster there are handful of females who have wielded more power than at any other point in history. Continue reading to know them in detail.
Female Business Leaders in the World 2013
Know the names that have been included in the list of top ten female business leaders 2013.
1. Marissa Mayer
The President cum CEO of Yahoo! Marissa Mayer has, this year, climbed to the leading position among top female business leaders. Prior to her current designation, she was also the key spokesperson and long-time executive of Google. The 38 years old American was as well the 14th most powerful business women in 2012 according to Fortune magazine. Mayer has a B.S degree in symbolic system from Stanford University along with a M.S in Computer Science.
2. Sheryl Sandberg
Claiming a M.B.A degree from the most prestigious institute – Harvard Business School, Sheryl Sandberg is at present the chief operating officer of Facebook. Last year in 2012, when she was appointed to the board of directors, she became the first woman to hold that post. As per Time Magazine she was also one among the most influential personality in 2012. Sharing a position among the leading successful business leaders of the world, Sheryl is reported to be worth $1 billion.
3. Christine Lagarde
Since 5th July 2011, Christine Lagarde has been the Managing Director of International Monetary Fund and has proved herself to be one amid the top women business leaders. Before becoming the MD she had even shouldered a number of ministerial posts in the French Government such as Finances and Industry, Minister of Economic Affairs etc. In doing so she became the first female to administer a G8 economy. Christine was born on 1st January 1956 and has earned Master’s Degree in labour law, English and social law.
4. Indra Nooyi
The sole Indian-American to grace the record top 10 female business leaders 2013, Indra Nooyi is the CEO and Chairperson of the second biggest beverage and food business – PepsiCo. Moreover she is constantly been ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Forbes and in 2008, the U.S. News & World Report had ranked her as one of America’s Best Leaders. Born and brought up in Madras, India; Indra has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management.
5. Virginia Rometty
In 2012 Virginia Rometty is the first female that has been elected to hold the position of CEO and Chairwoman by IBM. For the past eight years she has even been the part of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”. She is on the Board of Overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre along with on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater Northwestern University. The 55 years old entrepreneur is married a chief investor in the Balm Oil Company – Mark Anthony Rometty.
6. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is not only the wealthiest African-American of the 20th century but is also one of the successful business leaders of the world. Hers is a popular name for the multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is the perfect example to describe the rag to riches story as she was born poor. Oprah has earned a reputation for shaping a closer confessional form of media communication. The CNN and Time.com had quoted her as the “arguably the world’s most powerful woman”.
7. Ursula Burns
The CEO and Chairwoman of Xerox, Ursula Burns is the seventh most successful business leader 2013. Before climbing to such height, she had worked on various roles of the company as she was a mere summer intern when she had joined the corporation during 1980. As per 2009 Forbes, she was the 14th most powerful woman in the world. Ursula Burns has done M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 1981.
8. Meg Whitman
Margaret Cushing Whiteman is a well known American business woman who is currently responsible for the post of President and CEO in Hewlett-Packard. Throughout the 80s she has even served as the vice president of strategic planning for The Walt Disney Company and from 1998 till 2008 she was the president and chief executive officer of eBay. With a net worth of $1.3 billion in 2010 she was the fourth richest woman in California.
9. Gina Rinehart
Daughter of renowned Australian iron-ore magnet, Lang Hancock; Gina Rinehart has followed the footsteps of her father to attain success. During 2011 and 2012 she was ranked as the wealthiest person in Australia and in the world, respectively. At present she is the Executive Chairperson of Hancock Prospecting Pty Limited (HPPL). Since 2010 she has also been actively involved in the development of Australia’s North.
10. Maria das Gracas Silva Foster
Maria das Gracas Silva Foster is a Brazilian chemical engineer cum business executive who have rose to the position of CEO in Petrobras-Petróleo Brasil – a state controlled Oil Company in Brazil. With this profession of hers, she has been recognised as the first woman to head and administer a major oil-and-gas corporation. Foster was honoured with the merit rank of Commander, in April 2007, by the Order of Rio Branco.