In the corporate world, the number of women in top management are fairly less in comparison to their male counterparts. In Fortune 500 list, only around 10% companies are led by women. However, even with the odds stacked against them, some women have emerged as powerful leaders and visionaries. To better understand their capabilities, here’s a look at some of the world’s highest paid female CEOs.
Lynn J. Good – A native of Ohio and educated at Miami University, Lynn J. Good currently serves as the CEO, president and chairman of Duke Energy. Lynn had started her professional career working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. She later went on to become a partner in the company, one of the only few women to reach that position. She had also worked at Deloitte as a partner. Lynn later joined Cinergy Corp., which was later merged with Duke Energy. She was appointed CEO of Duke Energy in 2013. She is one of the highest paid female CEO’s, earning $21.1 million.
Phebe Novakovic – A former intelligence officer and American businesswoman, Phebe Novakovic currently serves as the chairwoman and CEO at General Dynamics. In 2018, she was ranked 25th most influential woman in the corporate world. Phebe has Serbian descent and had studied at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She started her career working as a CIA operative. Later, she joined General Dynamics and has been there for more than 20 years. She was appointed as the CEO of General Dynamics in 2013. Her pay is estimated to be around $21.2 million.
Indra Nooyi – An Indian-American business executive, Indra Nooyi currently serves on the boards of International Cricket Council and Amazon. She was earlier with PepsiCo, Inc., serving as the CEO of the company. Her last known pay with PepsiCo was $31 million. She is a graduate from Yale School of Management. In her career, she has worked with various leading companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Boston Consulting Group, Motorola, and Asea Brown Boveri.
Safra Catz – Born in Israel, Safra Catz is of Jewish descent. After moving to United States, she completed graduation from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Later, she also got a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She started her career working as a banker for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She joined Oracle Corporation in 1999 and has been there since then. She became the CEO of the company in 2019. Her annual pay is estimated to be around $40.7 million.
Lisa Su – A Taiwanese-American businessperson, Lisa Su currently serves as the CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). She had studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and started her professional career with Texas Instruments. She has also worked with companies like IBM and Freescale Semiconductor. She joined AMD in 2012 and was appointed CEO of the company in 2014. Lisa Su is considered to be the highest paid female CEO in the world. Her pay is estimated to be around $58.5 million.