November 15, 2011 12:47 pm

The top 50 women in world business 2011

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There are two ways to explore the top 50 businesswomen in this year’s Women at the Top ranking.

Our interactive graphic offers a visually stimulating look at the women on our list, along with biographical information, photographs and profiles. It also displays last year’s top 50.

Otherwise, to read full profiles and view photographs of the women in our ranking, click on a name below.

The top 50 was selected by an expert jury, whose choices were based on information on the executives’ performance and durability.

Also available is the alternative list, comprising senior businesswomen who did not quite make it on to the main ranking this year because of the nature of their position or company or due to the ranking criteria.


1. Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft Foods)

2. Güler Sabanci (Sabanci Holding)

3. Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo)

4. Ursula Burns (Xerox)

5. Andrea Jung (Avon Products)

6. Ellen Kullman (DuPont)

7. Dong Mingzhu (Gree Electric Appliances)

8. Angela Ahrendts (Burberry)

9. Yoshiko Shinohara (Temp Holdings)

10. Chanda Kochhar (ICICI Bank)

11. Patricia Woertz (ADM)

12. Gail Kelly (Westpac)

13. Annika Falkengren (SEB)

14. Carol Meyrowitz (TJX)

15. Alison Cooper (Imperial Tobacco)

16. Cynthia Carroll (Anglo American)

17. Nancy McKinstry (Wolters Kluwer)

18. Vinita Bali (Britannia Industries)

19. Chua Sock Koong (Singapore Telecommunications)

20. Emma Marcegaglia (Marcegaglia)

21. Li Xiaolin (China Power International Development)

22. Zhang Xin (Soho China)

23. Nahed Taher (Gulf One Investment Bank)

24. Cheung Yan (Nine Dragons Paper)

25. Monika Ribar (Panalpina)

26. Chu Lam Yiu (Huabao International Holdings)

27. Gina Reinhart (Hancock Prospecting)

28. Ilene Gordon (Corn Products International)

29. Sara Mathew (Dun & Bradstreet)

30. Harriet Green (Premier Farnell)

31. Angela Braly (WellPoint)

32. Kate Swann (WH Smith)

33. Ruby McGregor-Smith (Mitie Group)

34. Lynn Laverty Elsenhans (Sunoco)

35. Olivia Lum (Hyflux)

36. Ines Kolmsee (SKW)

37. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon)

38. Anita Zucker (InterTech Group)

39. Debra Cafaro (Ventas)

40. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller (Trumpf)

41. Janet Robinson (The New York Times Company)

42. Ho Ching (Temasek Holdings)

43. Mindy Grossman (HSN)

44. Shobhana Bhartia (HT Media)

45. Maggie Wilderotter (Frontier Communications)

46. Shikha Sharma (Axis Bank)

47. Olunfunke Iyabo Osibodu (Union Bank of Nigeria)

48. Hyun Jeong-eun (Hyundai)

49. Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette (Sonepar)

50. Laura Sen (BJ’s)

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