Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is establishing herself as a rising star in the elite club of the women with the most impact on the world of technology. With the recent success of Yahoo overtaking Google and her unauthorized biography being released, Marissa Mayer has been making news.
But how is the Yahoo CEO viewed in the business world?
Let us take a look at some of the existing business power rankings to see how Mayer compares with some of her colleagues in the world of business and technology.
Forbes Magazine puts out their annual list of the world's most powerful women. In the introduction to the list on their website Forbes has a paragraph on the women of technology. An interesting omission to that conversation was Marissa Mayer. Under the usual business topic of "what have you done for me lately," a case can be made for ranking Marissa Mayer much higher than number 32 that she placed on the Forbes list.
Fortune and CNN also do an annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen. Their list is more favorable for the women of technology with IBM's Ginni Rometty ranked at number one and Hewlett-Packard's Meg Whitman ranked at number three. Marissa Mayer is also a more favorable ranking at number 14 on the Fortune list. Mayer is also the youngest person on the Fortune list at age 37.
The Fortune 2012 rankings released in October 2012 are the most up to date list available as of the writing of this article.
The women on this list are true American free enterprise success stories. Many of these women started at entry level jobs. With a lot of hard work, skill, and making the most of the breaks along the way, they went from average employee to chief executive officer.
Regardless of the reasons for their success, the women on the list that follows represent the most powerful women in technology for 2013.