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Top Business Women

With an economy that is still struggling, some businesses are having a hard time, as well as the people who run them. However, there are those who find, even in economic hard times, ways to keep their business going strong and rise to the top. While many think that men run the business world, there are many women who have made great strides for themselves and their companies. Here are the top 5 business women:

  1. Irene Rosenfeld from Kraft Foods. Rosenfeld is currently the chairwoman and CEO of Kraft, she has had at least 25 years experience in the food and beverage industry. In 2004, Rosenfeld had worked for PepsiCo, and was appointed Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Frito-Lay and focused on promoting nutritious, healthy products. In 2008, she was in 6th place on The Wall Street Journal’s “50 women to Watch” list, and now in 2011 takes the number 1 spot in Fortune’s annual ranking of America’s leading businesswomen.
  2. The number 2 spot goes to Indra Nooyi at PepsiCo. Nooyi is the CEO and Chairman and has been at PepsiCo since 1994 and in 2001 she was named president and CFO. Since then she has raised the company’s annual revenues at least 72%, and doubled the net worth to about $5.6 billion in 2006. In 2003, Forbes named her the third most powerful woman in 2008.
  3. Patricia Woertz has the number 3 spot as chairman, CEO, and president of Archer Daniels Midland. In 2006, Woertz became the CEO of ADM after beating out four other competitors. She was once the Executive Vice President of Chevron Corporation, but eventually left seeking a chance to pursue CEO jobs and opportunities. In Fortune 500’s list of top CEO’s, Woertz came in at number 93 in 2009, but in 2010, she was ranked the third most powerful women by Fortune magazine, and has kept her spot for 2011.
  4. DuPont’s chairman and CEO, Ellen Kullman, has the number 4 spot of the 50 Most Powerful Women list. Kullman’s career at DuPont started in 1988 as a marketing manager, and was appointed CEO in 2009. She is the first woman to lead the company since they started 206 years ago in 1802. Kullman has moved up a spot on the list since she was named the 5th most powerful woman in both 2009 and 2010.
  5. The 5th most powerful woman of 2011 is Angela Braly. Braly is the president and chief executive officer for a health care company, WellPoint, Incorporated, she assumed these positions in 2007. Before she worked at WellPoint, in 2003 she was the President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Forbes listed Barly as the 8th most powerful woman in 2009, but has since then made her way up to 5th place in Fortune’s.