Fortune released its list of the most powerful women and the majority are CEOs.
- Each year Fortune releases a list of the most powerful women in business.
- This year is the company’s 25th year ranking the most powerful women, but this year is a bit different—most are CEOs.
- Fortune releases the list yearly and a few CEOs are typically sprinkled in the mix, but this year the top four women are all CEOs of powerful companies.
Why it’s news
This year’s list is different from the first release published in 1998. That list was led by Carly Fiorina, who was a group president at Lucent Technologies at the time, and only became CEO of HP after she was put on the cover, according to Fortune.
There were also some CEOs mixed into the 1998 list like Oprah Winfrey, Shelly Lazarus of Ogilvy & Mather, Jill Barad at Mattel, Andrea Jung at Avon—but these companies were on the brink of being powerful companies.
The women taking the reins on this year’s lists are leading some of today’s top companies.Trailblazing a path for women everywhere—they are industry leaders.
Sitting at number one is Karen Lynch, the CEO of CVS. CVS has been topping headlines as the company aims to combine the pharmacy chain with health insurance.
Next on the list is CEO of Accenture, Julie Sweet who leads a huge 721,000-person workforce that is driving technological transformation around the globe, according to Fortune.
Landing in the third spot is Jane Fraser, the CEO of the world’s most global bank—Citigroup. Fraser is the first woman to be at the helm of a major Wall Street bank.
Number four is the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra. The car making industry is typically male dominated, but Barra is breaking barriers as she leads one of the top auto industries in the world.
These women are leading some of the top businesses in the world and proving that women can lead amazing companies—even if they are typically male dominated.