The top 50 women in world business

Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo is at number one in the ranking for a second year in a row
Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo is at number one in the ranking for a second year in a row
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 larger photographs of the women in our ranking, click on a name below.
The methodology is explained here.
Also available is the alternative 50, 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. Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo)
2. Andrea Jung (Avon Products)
3. G├╝ler Sabanci (Sabanci Group)
4. Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft Foods)
5. Dong Mingzhu (Gree Electric Appliances International Development)
6. Ursula Burns (Xerox)
7. Yoshiko Shinohara (Temp Holdings)
8. Ellen Kullman (DuPont)
9. Cheung Yan (Nine Dragons Paper)
10. Patricia A. Woertz (ADM)
11. Chanda Kochhar (ICICI Bank)
12. Cynthia Carroll (Anglo American)
13. Angela Ahrendts (Burberry)
14. Carol Meyrowitz (TJX)
15. Anne Lauvergeon (Areva)
16. Ofra Strauss (Strauss Group)
17. Gail Kelly (Westpac)
18. Annika Falkengren (SEB)
19. Nancy McKinstry (Wolters Kluwer)
20. Carol Bartz (Yahoo)
21. Vinita Bali (Britannia Industries)
22. Stine Bosse (Tryg)
23. Chua Sock Koong (Singapore Telecommunications)
24. Nahed Taher (Gulf One Investment Bank)
25. Ho Ching (Temasek Holdings)
26. Chu Lam Yiu (Huabao International Holdings)
27. Li Xiaolin (China Power International Development)
28. Zhang Xin (Soho China)
29. Emma Marcegaglia (Marcegaglia)
30. Monika Ribar (Panalpina)
31. Ilene Gordon (Corn Products International)
32. Kate Swann (WH Smith)
33. Angela F. Braly (WellPoint)
34. Susan Ivey (Reynolds American)
35. Ruby McGregor-Smith (Mitie Group)
36. Lynn Laverty Elsenhans (Sunoco)
37. Harriet Green (Premier Farnell)
38. Ines Kolmsee (SKW)
39. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon)
40. Janet Robinson (The New York Times Company)
41. Anita Zucker (InterTech Group)
42. Stephanie Burns (Dow Corning)
43. Mindy Grossman (HSN)
44. Olivia Lum (Hyflux)
45. Shobhana Bhartia (HT Media)
46. Laura J. Sen (BJ's Wholesale Club)
47. Wu Yajun (Longfor Properties)
48. Shikha Sharma (Axis Bank)
49. Katherine Garrett-Cox (Alliance Trust)
50. Mia Brunell Livfors (AB Kinnevik)

Contenders for 2011 (tenure as chief executive less than a year)
Alison Cooper (Imperial Tobacco, UK); Moya Greene (Royal Mail, UK); Dido Harding (TalkTalk, UK); Carolyn McCall (EasyJet, UK); Heidi Mottram (Northumbrian Water, UK); and Olunfunke Iyabo Osibodu (Union Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria).
New to the top 50
Ursula Burns (Xerox); Ellen Kullman (DuPont); Chanda Kochhar (ICICI); Carol Bartz (Yahoo); Ilene Gordon (Corn Products); Laura Sen (BJ's Wholesale); Wu Yajun (Longfor Properties); Shikha Sharma (Axis Bank); Katherine Garrett-Cox (Alliance Trust); and Mia Livfors (Kinnevik).
Out of this year's top 50
Antonia Ax:son Johnson (Axel Johnson, non-executive); Brenda Barnes (Sara Lee, resigned); Christina Gold (Western Union, retired); Lisa Morgan (Game Group, resigned); Cristina Stenbeck (Kinnevik, non-executive); Dorothy Thompson (Drax, displaced by new entrants); Mary Sammons (Rite Aid, now chairman); Nita Ing (Taiwan High Speed Rail, resigned); Diana Bracco (Bracco Group, displaced by new entrants); and Heather Reisman (Indigo Books & Music, displaced by new entrants).

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