It may be very much a man’s world still, but women have entered the macho and twisted world of technology with a bang.
Let’s have a look at these power-hungry women who’ve conquered and taken the tech world like a storm!
1. Cher Wang
To kick off, Cher Wang is better known as the "The Most Powerful Woman In Wireless." And why does she earn such high accolades? Simple reasons being that not only is she the co-founder of HTC Corp., but also the founder of the integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies Inc. in 1987! Even before women would risk being tech-savvy, Cher Wang had carved a niche for herself with her priceless contribution to the world of tech. Currently, her husband and she are the wealthiest people in Taiwan with a wealth of US$8.8 billion!
2. Safra Catz
Safra Catz is a mighty powerful woman. And her power is exulted from the fact that she is the Co-President and Chief Financial Officer at Oracle Corporation, a multinational computer technology corp worth US$40 billion! She is credited for spearheading Oracle and making it bigger than ever before! In 2011 she was touted as the highest-paid woman in the world by Fortune earning $51,695,742 in remuneration, and ranked as the 16th most powerful woman in business in the world by Forbes!
3. Virginia “Ginni” Rometty
Don’t let the cutesy village nickname fool you. Virginia “Ginni” Rometty is a woman who packs a punch, and a hefty one at that! She isn’t just the chairman of IBM, but the CEO as well! Her ruling has been so staunch and effective that she has been consistently ranked #1 by Forbes for the past five years in the “Fifty Most Powerful Women In Business”! Her biggest accomplishment in her 31-year-old career in IBM was the acquiring of the $3.5 billion consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting under her command!
4. Sheryl Sandberg
Arguably one of the most powerful women in the tech business out there, Sheryl’s current status and her track record is as impressive as it could get! Sheryl started off as the Chief Of Staff for the United States Department of Treasury and went on to become the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google! And if that wasn’t impressive enough, her next transition was mind-numbing, for she became the Chief Operating Office of Facebook in 2008! A truly incredible feat we proclaim!
5. Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman is a household name in the Silicon Valley and the geekdom across the world. Currently the President and Chief Executive Office of Hewlett Packard, Whitman seems to flaunt a resumé beyond comprehension! To put it in simple terms, a graduate from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Whitman started off as an executive for The Walt Disney Company and became the vice president of strategic planning. From there she shifted to work as an executive in the 90’s for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro; some of the biggest players in international market! But that isn’t all, she was appointed the president and chief executive officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008 after which she finally bagged her seat at HP!
6. Marissa Mayer
The one to make global news in 2012 for her techie escapades, Marissa Mayer is all set to take over the cyber world with her amazing prowess! A former Google employee, Mayer led Google for 13 years as an engineer, designer, product manager and eventually as an executive. She went on to join Yahoo she was appointed as the president and CEO, all of this at the young age of 37 earning her the crown for being the youngest CEO to be in the Fortune 500! Other than her astonishing achievements, she is also a board member of Board member of Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Walmart!
These women have dared to be the torchbearers of change and development across the globe and over the years. They are influential as well as powerful. And power, we all agree, is the new sexy!