Top 10 Most Successful Women of All Time

Success is measured in many ways. It depends on the circumstances. Success is measured by wealth, power, status, and respect. Success depends on one’s role in society. As well as by the obstacles and the struggles the person has had to overcome. A person is considered to be successful if they have beat the odds, triumphing when they were destined to fail. Throughout history, men are the prominent figures when you calculate one’s success. Yet over the years, women have become more dominant than ever. In current times, women are just as successful as men. Some women are even more successful than some men could ever be. Currently, there are more than 20 female presidents or leaders in the world. There are over a dozen women in CEO positions of prestigious companies. We have narrowed down these important women to a select few. If you want to know who the most successful business women are, read on. Here you will find who we consider the Top 10 Most Successful Women of All Time.

List of Top 10 Most Successful Women of All TimeĀ until in 2017

10. Beth Mooney

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Beth Mooney has worked hard to get where she is today. Any woman who thinks that they can’t succeed needs to read Beth Mooney’s rise to fame. She is the CEO and chairman of KeyCorp. KeyCorp is a bank and financial institution stationed in Cleveland, Ohio. KeyCorp has over 15,000 employees and over $90 billion dollars in assets. She has a lot going on.

Beth Mooney brought KeyCorp up out of one of the worst financial crises in U.S. history. Plus, she came out with a profit. Without this woman’s strong leadership and knowledge, KeyCorp wouldn’t have made it.

9. Melinda Gates

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Melinda Gates fame centers around her profound work as a philanthropist. Melinda Gates and her husband founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Melinda Gates is beautiful, successful, and intelligent all on her own. She has made a name for herself, not falling in the shadows behind her famous husband, Bill Gates.

Melinda Gates works hard in philanthropy and charity. This caused other donors to give abundantly sharing their wealth. Currently, she is hard at work collecting funds to empower women and girls all around the world to be successful for themselves. If this woman is not a feminine role model, I don’t know what else is.

8. Mary Barra



Mary Barra is the CEO and chairman of General Motors. Barra has been employed with General Motors for 36 years and counting. She has put in her time and worked her way to the top. Doing what people expect a man to do. A woman running one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world? Mary Barra has owned it. She is phenomenal at her job.

7. Margaret Whitman


Margaret “Meg” Whitman is the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She has a substantial net worth of $2.2 billion. That’s not too bad. Meg Whitman has always held top positions in the business world. Having been a former business executive for both Hasbro and Walt Disney.

Whitman’s huge fortune has come primarily from eBay. The business woman is best known for leading the successful online auction site from $5.7 million in revenue to over $8 billion in 2008 which was once she departed. It takes one heck of a woman or man for that matter to be able to do something as phenomenal and profitable as that.

6. Virginia Rometty


Virgina Marie Rometty better known as Ginni Rometty is currently chairman, president, and CEO of IBM. Also, the first woman to lead the company. Making our list at number 6. Ginni Rometty has been named one of the most successful business women in Fortune magazine for over ten consecutive years. That is just the beginning of her miraculous achievements.

IBM fully credits Virgina Rommety for productively gearing the company towards cloud computing as well as other business ventures. Having taken on multiple head positions in IBM. This business woman definitely knows how to profit and be successful in all aspects of the business.

5. Ursula M. Burns


Ursula M. Burns is the CEO and chairman of the Xerox Corporation. Climbing the corporate ladder, it took Ursula Burns many many years to finally be seated in the top position as she deserves. She does know the Xerox Corporation inside and out. For over 25 years, she held all sorts of positions in the Fortune 500 company starting as an intern of Xerox in 1980. She worked her way up to President. 25 years later she finally became CEO.

Ursula M. Burns is the first woman to succeed another woman to head a Fortune 500 company as CEO. Even better, Burns is the first African-American woman to ever run a Fortune 500 company. She has battled, fought, and gave this printing company everything she got. She is one amongst theĀ Top 10 Most Successful Women of All Time until 2017.

4. Indra K. Nooyi


Indra Nooyi is a prominent business woman and known as one of the most successful businesswomen in the entire world. Serving as the CEO of PepsiCo for the last 5 years, she made PepsiCo profit more than ever. She has earned the respect of many for expanding Pepsi’s brand.

Nooyi took quite a few chances and made them work. If she did not make the bold and daring moves that she did, PepsiCo would not be nearly as successful as it is today.

3. Marissa Mayer


This list would not be complete without Marissa Mayer. She is one of the leading females in the technology industry. Taking the entire world by surprise when she announced her departure from one of the world’s leading tech companies and search behemoths, Google. Mayer was the 20th employee to be hired by Google working as a leader and key spokesperson for numerous years. She left for a reason.

Marissa Mayer left Google to become the CEO and president of Yahoo. She encompasses the word, success. Although, her success at Yahoo is not doing as well as the success she held at Google. No matter what, her time in the tech world can never be forgotten or replaced.

2. Irene Rosenfeld


Irene Rosenfeld is the CEO and chairman of Mondelez International. Mondelez International is the enterprise of the food and beverage industry. One major company that is part of Mondelez International is Kraft Foods.

Irene Rosenfeld is one of the most powerful and highest paid business women in the world. Rosenfeld is named one of the most influential business leaders of all time and for good reason.

1. Sheryl Sandberg


Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most powerful women in the world. She has claimed the number one spot on our list of the most successful women of all time. Currently, her position is the COO – Cheif Operating Officer of Facebook. Her net worth is $1.27 billion.

Sheryl Sandberg is the author of the best-selling book, Lean In. She took $31 million in facebook stock and donated to charity. The majority will go to her charity, Lean In (appropriately named after her book). The Lean In charity is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women in the workplace and women empowerment groups.

After her husband unexpectedly passed away, Sheryl Sandberg puts her heart and soul into her work. Since becoming Facebook Cheif Operating Officer in 2008, Shery Sandberg has boosted Facebook revenues 66 fold. Truly amazing, her business sense is aspiring. This woman knows her stuff.

These are the Top 10 Most Successful Women of All Time until 2017. These ten successful business women have conquered their industry and came out on top. Through hard work and dedication, these women made a name for themselves. They beat the odds and prove that anyone can be a success. While it is true that women and men think differently and act differently. That does not mean that one or the other is more equipped to be in the top position. Women, as well as men, can be a success. It shouldn’t have taken so long. The Top 10 Most Successful Women of All Time have worked hard to prove that women can lead just as well as any man. These successful women are role models for any young girl who dreams of success. Dreams do come true.

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