The Power 50

FORTUNE released its  top 50 powerful women list. Can you guess who made the top of this year’s  list?

If you thought Oprah Winfrey or Martha Stewart, you must surely be American or living in America! That’s the perception and belief in this country, that they are the epitome of the MOST powerful and richest women in the world. And that’s because they are the only two women who the media often publicize and glorify. But…..WRONG ANSWER! They maybe the nicest, but that’s not what this list is about.

Here are a few from the list :

1. Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO
PepsiCo (PEP)
2006 rank:  1
Age: 51

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With revenues ($35.1 billion), operating profits ($6.4 billion), and earnings per share ($3) all rising strongly last year. The 2001 Quaker Foods acquisition, in which Nooyi played a key role, is working out well, and Pepsi International, a priority for the company and a particular interest for the Indian-born Nooyi, is coming on strong too; its revenues rose 14%, to $13 billion, and operating profits rose 21%, to $1.9 billion. Oh, and in May, Nooyi added the title of chairman to her own portfolio.

2. Anne Mulcahy
Chairman and CEO
Xerox (XRX)
2006 rank:  2
Age: 54

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Recent acquisitions like Global Imaging Systems should add close to $1 billion in sales to the $16 billion company. The stock is up 10% in the past year.

3. Meg Whitman
President and CEO
eBay (EBAY)
2006 rank:  3
Age: 51

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The $6 billion company remains the world’s No. 1 e-commerce brand. PayPal revenue increased 34% in the most recent quarter, and eBay upped its 2007 sales forecast, thanks in large part to its recent deal to purchase StubHub.

8. Oprah Winfrey
Chairman
Harpo
2006 rank:  8
Age: 53 

10. Brenda Barnes
Chairman and CEO
Sara Lee (SLE)
2006 rank:  6
Age: 53

14. Christine Poon
Vice Chairman
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
2006 rank:  11
Age: 54

20. Sue Decker
President
Yahoo (YHOO)
2006 rank:  Return
Age: 44

Yahoo is smaller than Google, slower growing, and decidedly less fashionable. Google’s stock has risen smartly in the past year; Yahoo’s has fallen. But Decker’s career is only going up. A stock analyst who joined Yahoo as CFO in 2000, she was promoted to president in June to lead a turnaround.

26. Charlene Begley
President and CEO, GE Enterprise Solutions
General Electric (GE)
2006 rank:  22
Age: 40

36. Lisa Weber
President, Individual Business
MetLife (MET)
2006 rank:  33
Age: 44  

49. Julia Stewart
Chairman and CEO
IHOP (IHP)
2006 rank:  New
Age: 52

Click here for the Full List.

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