Who run the world? Girls! Over the last few years there have been more and more women taking on top spots in the world of business. What used to be a male dominated industry is now filling up thick and fast with strong, powerful women taking the lead. Don’t believe us? Here are the top 7 business women in the world to change your mind.
7. Maria das Gracas Silva Foster
One of the only women on our list that isn’t an American! Maria das Gracas Silva Foster is a born and bred Brazilian, who is now CEO of the biggest oil and gas company in Brazil – Petrobas. She has worked for the company for more than 30 years, starting at the bottom and finally making it to the top. According to Forbes she is the 16th most powerful woman in the world and is only going to continue to grow. There may have been some recent lulls in the performance of Petrobas, but there’s a reason Maria das Gracas Silva Foster is named after an armored police truck…
6. Meg Whitman
She’s worth $2.1 billion, has made it into the Forbes 400 countless times, and is thought to be the 20th most powerful woman in the world. Meg Whitman had a variety of impressive jobs before taking the helm at Hewlett-Packard and becoming CEO. Much of her giant fortune comes from her shares in eBay, which she worked for when it was brand new. In 2011 she became the CEO of Hewlett Packard and seen it split into two companies; both of which are now headed by women. Meg Whitman is flying the flag for successful women everywhere!
5. Ursula Burns
Another powerful woman in a male dominated world. Ursula Burns has a true Cinderella story; having worked her way up from lowly paid jobs to becoming the Chair-CEO of Xerox. Although the world is turning more to paperless methods of communication, Ursula has managed to increase the revenue of Xerox year on year. Turning to a services and technology portfolio, this business woman has impressed shareholders with her innovative thinking. She may have dropped down the most powerful woman list over the last year (from 14 to 22) but she still definitely deserves a place on our list of the best business women in the world.
4. Ginni Rometty
Two years ago Ginni Rometty became the CEO of tech giant IBM, and since then she’s quickly risen up the rankings of top business women in the world. Forbes have put Ginni down as the 10th most powerful women in the world and 55th most powerful person on the planet! Before she took over there were some big issues at IBM over the last few years, specifically with declining profits. However, with the idea to shed a lot of their unused or unneeded services, Ginni has managed to rake in some serious profits for 2014. Not bad going for a woman who has only been there for a couple of years!
3. Irene Rosenfeld
Irene Rosenfeld may have not fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming US president, but she’s still one of the top business women in the world and that certainly can’t be a bad second choice. She’s now head of one of the biggest global food companies in the world, Mondelez, and is one of the highest paid business women in the world. Irene, according to Forbes, the 15th most powerful woman in the world; rising 5 places from her 20th position in 2013. Although the last few years have been difficult for snack food companies, this has done nothing to dampen the lady’s fighting spirit and impressive profits.
2. Indra Nooyi
The second top business woman in the world and the 13th most powerful woman in the world overall, Indra Nooyi is definitely makes waves as the CEO of PepsiCo. Despite sugary drinks seeing a drop in profits over the years, this tough cookie has managed to keep the business afloat. In fact, she’s done one better than that and actually managed to increase company shares by 3.1% last year. Her innovative mind has ensured she stays one step ahead of the competition, by not just focusing on soda drinks, but thinking outside of the box. PepsiCo now have a range of unique products on the market, thanks to Indra Nooyi and her creative mind.
1. Sheryl Sandberg
Here name is everywhere you look at the moment, and she’s quickly become one of the most powerful business women in the world. According to Forbes she is the most powerful woman in business and the ninth most powerful women in the world (in all fields). With a net worth of $1.06 billion at just 45 years old, it’s no wonder she makes it to the top of our list. She recently became the COO of Facebook and has inspired millions of women around the world with her book “Lean In” and her fascinating TED Talks. If you’re looking for a female to inspire you in business then Sheryl Sandberg is definitely your lady.