Technology industry in the world is dominated by men and we all know this, yet women have been in the tech industry (although in relatively small numbers) for some time now and some of them have risen up to lucrative leadership positions. For this President Obama recently called on women to go into tech and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The tech community has finally realized it has a diversity problem. Google recently announced it would offer vouchers for coding lessons for women and minorities.And more and more groups are rolling out programmes, infrastructures to help promote, and foster women in technology.
11. Lucy Peng, CPO, Alibaba
Lucy Peng, an Alibaba founder, became the company’s chief people officer in June after successfully growing its small lending and micro-finance operations.
Alibaba has been in the news a lot recently. The multifaceted e-commerce company recently announced an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, claiming a value of around $120 billion. For reference, Amazon is worth approximately $137 billion.
We wont know Pengs salary until Alibaba files with the SEC this year, but her fortunes will undoubtedly skyrocket when the company completes its IPO.
Peng isn’t the only one who stands to benefit from the IPO. Yahoo owns a large stake in Alibaba and is expected to make around $10 million when the company goes public.
10. Angela Ahrendts, SVP of Retail and Online Stores, Apple
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Angela Ahrendts cut her teeth at Burberry, where she rose to CEO, before joining Apple this year as head of retail and online stores, a role created just for her. Shes the first woman to join CEO Tim Cooks executive team.
Its unclear how much shell make at Apple, but the company has awarded her $76 million in stock (based on its current value) that vests over the next four years. Tim Cook pulled in around $4.5 million in 2013, so we can expect Ahrendts annual compensation to be in the $2 million to $3 million range.
9. Amy Hood, CFO, Microsoft
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Amy Hood became Microsofts CFO last May and reports to CEO Satya Nadella. Her total compensation neared $7.5 million.
Before transitioning to CFO, Hood led Microsofts business team in acquiring big names like Skype and Yammer.
She also holds an MBA from Harvard and worked at Goldman Sachs before joining Microsoft in 2002.
8. Renee James, President, Intel
Renee James became president of Intel in May 2013, instantly becoming one of the most powerful women in business and technology.
To get some idea of James wealth: her total compensation in 2012 was over $15 million, and that was before she became president. Intel’s president pulled in nearly $19 million that year, so we can assume James fortune will grow by tens of millions in the next few years.
7. Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube
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Susan Wojcicki became YouTubes CEO after becoming SVP of advertising at Google.
Wojcicki was Googles 16th employee. She joined the company so early that founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page rented her Menlo Park garage for $1,700 a month and used it as Googles first office.
While we dont know exactly how much Wojcicki made at Google, as one of the earliest employees, shes likely worth multiple hundreds millions.
6. Ursula Burns, Chairwoman and CEO, Xerox
Ursula Burns started out as a Xerox intern in 1980. By July 2009 she had worked her way up to the companys top job, becoming the first-ever African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.
Burns also succeeded female CEO Anne Mulcahy, with whom she developed a close relationship.
Her total compensation last year was over $7.5 million, according to the SEC.
Burns holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.
5. Safra Catz, President and CFO, Oracle
Safra Catz became an Oracle exec in 1999 and has since then worked her way up to the companys No. 2 job. In 2013 she earned over $44 million, primarily in stock and options, according to the SEC.
She reports to Oracles founder and CEO, Larry Ellison.
Catz became an Oracle board member in 2001. Before that she worked in finance.
She holds both a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
4. Virginia Ginni Rommety, CEO, IBM
Ginni Rommety became IBMs CEO two years ago. Since then, IBM has faced a 5% revenue decline as businesses see less of a demand for the companys hardware.
Estimating Rommetys net worth is tricky. Since she didnt crack Forbes list of wealthy Americans, we can assume shes worth less than $1 billion. In 2012, her total compensation was $16.1 million. Rommety did similarly well last year.
Rommety began working at IBM at age 24 (1981) as a systems engineer.
3. Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo
Marissa Mayer was the 20th employee at Google and sits on Walmarts board of directors. She became CEO of Yahoo in July 2012.
VentureBeat estimates Mayers net worth at $300 million.
Since joining Yahoo, Mayer has hired noteworthy journalists such as David Pogue, Matt Bai, and Katie Couric to join Yahoo News.
At Google she helped develop the tools you know and love such as Google News, Gmail, and Google Maps.
2. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
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Sheryl Sandberg, whose net worth hovers around $1 billion, made her mark as Facebook’s chief operating officer.
As COO, Sandberg oversees marketing, communications, HR, business development, and oversees sales at the social media giant.
Shes also become famous for her best-selling book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, published last year.
Lean In has also scored a movie deal from Sony Pictures.
1. Meg Whitman, CEO, HP
Meg Whitman, who made her fortune at eBay before becoming CEO of HP in 2011, tops our list of the wealthiest women in tech. Shes reportedly worth $1.9 billion.
Most of Whitmans fortune is tied up in eBay stock, though that didnt stop her from a failed California gubernatorial bid in 2010.
For the past three years Whitman has received a $1 salary, though shes due for a $1.5 million raise this year. Shes also the only female tech executive to crack Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.
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