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Here’s How The World’s Most Famous Female CEOs Built Their Empires

Women around the world now have more power than ever before. They are now working in every walk of life. They are overcoming the barriers to leadership and are making an impact. Have you ever thought what do AMD, YouTube, and GM have in common? They all are led by the generation’s most talented female CEOs.

Studies have disclosed that women CEOs are slightly older than their male partners as it takes them 30% longer than men to reach this position. But once they achieved their positions they often committed to making profound changes at their companies.

Here is the list of top 5 female CEOs. Let take a quick look at how these game-changers got their start in the game:

Lisa Su, CEO Advanced Micro Devices

Lisa Su is a Taiwanese American Business Executive who is the Cheif Executive Officer of Advanced Micro Devices. Advanced Micro Devices is the American-multi national semiconductor company.

All your Sony PS4’s, Macbook, latest Samsung smartphone are relying on AMD hardware to do their job and this company is led by the most powerful woman Lisa Su. Lisa was only three when she arrived in the US from Taiwan.

She got inspiration from her statistician father to study maths and science. She was always curious about everything and she decided from her young age that she became an engineer so that she would be able to know how things work.

At the age of 10, she started fixing the remote-control cars of her brother. She has graduated from the selective Bronx High School of Science. Lisa has studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube

52-years old talented woman Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of the video-sharing company YouTube. She started her first business at the age of 11, going door-to-door selling spice ropes plaited yarn threaded with spices in her hometown of Palo Alto, California.

She has graduated from Harvard University in history and literature. Susan has planned to do a Ph.D. in economics before discovering her interest in Technology.

When she was working in Intel in a marketing role one of her friends introduced her to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google. They both rented out the garage of Susan to build a search engine.

She became the 16th employee of google and a marketing manager by 1999. 52-year old CEO then took the role of Senior Vice President of Advertising and Commerce. When she saw YouTube as the major competitor of Google’s Google Video Service she suggested Google purchase YouTube.

Later, she handled its acquisition for US$1.65 billion in 2006.

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motor

Mary Barra has obtained a degree Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the General Motors Institute. It seems like the American Motoring runs in the blood of Mary Barra.

When she was 18-years old she started working for General Motors. Her job involved checking fender panels and hoods. Mary used her pay to fund her college tuition.

Within GM Group she has acquired many positions and her passions and dedication for the company led her to the top position of the company. She is the first female CEO of General Motor since 2014.

Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico

64-year old Indra Nooyi is the Cheif Executive Officer of food, Snack, and Beverage Corporation, Pepsico. She consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women.

Indra has joined PepsiCo in 1994 and then she became the CEO of the company. She is continuously striving to improve the performance of the company.

Indra has divided the company’s products into 3 categories. The first category is ‘fun for you, the second is ‘better for you’, and the third is ‘good for you’.


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Safra A. Catz, CEO Of Oracle

58-year old Safra A. Catz is the CEO of Oracle Corporation. She has been the executive of the company since 1999.

Safra was shifted to Brookline, Massachusetts at the age of six from Israel. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

Oracle, a technology company now ranks 82nd on the Fortune 500 list. The company reached this level in the leadership of a powerful woman, Safra A. Catz.


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