75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

Kim-Harris-JonesKim Harris Jones
SVP & Corporate Controller
Kraft Foods Inc.

Appointed in October 2009, Harris Jones serves as controller for the entire corporation. She held various finance positions at Chrysler Group L.L.C. before joining Kraft as senior vice president, corporate planning & analysis in June 2009.

Bridgette-HellerBridgette P. Heller
Worldwide President,
McNeil Nutritionals, L.L.C.
Johnson & Johnson

Heller’s responsibilities at the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary include overseeing the global business for the company’s innovative nutritional products, including its flagship brand and market leader, Splenda Sweetener products. She was one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America in her previous role as J&J’s global president, baby care.

Hobson_Mellody-H-0447Mellody Hobson
Ariel Investments L.L.C.

Company-wide management and strategic planning are Hobson’s core duties as she oversees all operations outside of research and portfolio management for Ariel Investments (No. 4 on the BE    Asset Managers list with $4.4 billion in assets under management). With the firm since 1991, she serves as chairwoman of the board of trustees for the mutual funds and corporate director of three public companies.

Cathy-HughesCatherine L. Hughes
Founder & Chairperson
Radio One Inc.

Hughes is the founder and chairperson of Radio One Inc. (No. 13 on the BE Industrial/Service Companies list with $350 million in revenues). Radio One is the first African American company in radio history to dominate several major markets simultaneously and possesses the first woman-owned radio station to rank No. 1 in any major market.

Frankie-HughesFrankie D. Hughes
President & Chief
Investment Officer

Hughes Capital Management
Before founding her firm (No. 14 on the BE Asset Managers list with $1.08 billion in assets under management) in 1993, Hughes was director of the asset management division, portfolio manager, and member of the Investment Policy Committee at W.R. Lazard & Co. where, she managed $1.1 billion in fixed income assets for institutional clients.

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27 Responses to 75 Most Powerful Women In Business

  1. Tammie Higgs says:

    Some of us have been leading the way for years and I want to thank BE for showcasing some of our best. Congrats to all listed and may you have continued success in your endeavors. This is my motivation to keep rising to the top!
    Thank you.

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  3. David Anderson says:

    This magazine is stupid. Would a magazine for all whites be racist???

    • Patricia says:

      this magazine seems stupid for you because you are the target.

    • Michael Littlejohn says:

      David – Is “Men’s Health” sexist as it caters to men? What about “Woman’s Day”? Does “Cat Fancy” discriminate against dog owners? The magazine industry is built on a foundation of catering to unique, and diverse, groups. You are free, my friend, to buy any magazine you wish…. or not.

    • Trevanian says:

      Almost all magazines in America are for the majority of the population (i.e., white people). Just look at who appears on the covers. Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, all cover business issues for their constituency. BUt maybe I should no use such big words – if you don’t understand the need for a trade journal or special interest magazine, a rational explanation would certainly be over your head.

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  5. Patricia says:

    this magazine seems stupid for you because you are not the target.

  6. I have always enjoyed reading about our Outstanding Leaders in your magazine through the last 30+ years. I am always very proud to see so many women in powerful positions. I remember when we weren’t even hired to be a secretary for some of those companies.
    Thank you, Black Enterprise, for continuing to provide a vehicle of hope for all our children.

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  8. samantha samuels says:

    When we respond to people that are ignorant, we lower our standards. We need to educate them if they choose to be educated, if not then leave them to their own ignorants. This magazine is great because it give’s someone like myself hope and encouragement to continue getting my education and persue my dreams.

  9. Jon says:

    Great list and great profiles.
    Keep up the fantastic work BE!

  10. Jon says:

    Very well done Sonia Alleyne!

  11. Solomon Robeson says:

    I have had the pleasure of hearing Julia Brown speak on several occasions, and found her to be one of the sharpest business minds I have encountered in my career.

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  13. shields says:

    I met Ursula Burns in Rochester,ny and she is a pleaure to be around! She is amazing just what
    this world need is change.

  14. Murtaza Kapaasi says:

    The following name is missed in the complete list (http://www.blackenterprise.com/top-75-women) : Ursula M. Burns, CEO, Xerox Corp (here displayed on page 4). (i.e. only 74 name listed there) and also several up-downs in presentation serial numbers.

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  17. kala george says:

    im doing a report about Gwendolyn l. butler and i would love to someone like her some day and that will take hard work.

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