Among the 100 World’s Most Powerful Women, 18 on this year’s ranking have reached some of the highest positions in the world’s largest tech companies. Others are founders themselves. It’s worth noting that while many of these enterprises are a womb for progressive ideas and innovations, their frat-boy cultures remains a challenge. Those who made it to the top 25:
Sheryl Sandberg (No.9)
Sheryl Sandberg secured her top 10 position for two years running. Still at the age of 44, she is the COO of Facebook and the first female member of Facebook’s board of directors. On March 11, 2013, she released her book Lean In, encouraging women to materialize their professional goals by leaning into their ambitions. The book was listed on the top of the bestseller lists since its launch.
Virginia Rometty (No.10)
Starting as a systems engineer at IBM in 1981, Rometty demonstrated her business insights and leadership capacity, and finally established herself as the first woman to lead the company. Facing a 5% revenue decline at IBM in 2013, Rometty earned kudos from the media and colleagues when she announced that she’d be passing up her annual bonus. She certainly leads by example.
Susan Wojcicki (No.12)
Susan Wojcicki’s ranking jumped from No.30 last year to No.12, a significant achievement. Previously serving as consigliore for Google’s ads and commerce (some 90% of revenue), she clearly knows how to secure profit from every meme. Now, Wojcicki is the CEO of the world’s largest video platform: YouTube.
Marissa Mayer (No.18)
This year, Marissa Mayer rose from No.32 to 18. After 13 years at Google, she became the CEO of Yahoo! in July 2012. Known as Silicon Valley’s ‘spender-in-chief’, she led Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr in a 1.1 billion dollar acquisition in May 2013. She’s also upping the site’s media presence, hiring high profile journalist Katie Couric, and announcing plans to produce original programming. Still in her late thirties, she has a lot challenges and opportunities to come her way.
Meg Whitman (No. 20)
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Meg Whitman is the president and CEO of the world’s second-largest tech company, Hewlett-Packard (HP). For the past three years Whitman has been earning a $1 salary. Before joining HP, she served as CEO of eBay for ten years and was also a director of P&G and Zipcar. She also extended her power to politics. In 2010, she launched her self-funded campaign to run for governor of California. Although conceding the election to her opponent, she set the record of spending the most of her own money than any other self-funded political candidate.
Ursula Burns (No.22)
The Chair and CEO of Xerox, Ursula Burns, is the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Her connection to with Xerox dates back to 1980 when she first worked there as a summer intern. During the remainder of the 1980s, she served in multiple positions in product development and planning. In July 2009, she was named CEO, succeeding the former chairwoman Anne Mulcahy.
Safra Catz (No. 24)
Safra Catz is the Co-President and the CFO of Oracle Corporation since 2011. Before joining Oracle, she had been a well-established banker for over 20 years. She started her career at Oracle in 1999 and soon became a member of the Board, and later she was named President in early 2004. Last year, Catz just turned down her $717,000 bonus due to Oracle’s tepid financial performance. The company, the world’s No. 1 database platform, is now spending $5 billion a year on R&D with an emphasis on product development.