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Highest Paid U.S. Women Executives

July 19, 2010

If you aspire (And why not?) to be one of the top U.S. women in business, here is the group that you’re going up against.

Forbes.com recently posted its list of the highest paid female chief executives (based on each woman’s yearly total

Irene Rosenfeld (courtesy of Forbes.com)

compensation) of the 500 biggest companies in the United States as measured by a composite ranking of sales, profits, assets and market value.

Here are the top five:

  1. Irene Rosenfeld, $16.7 million, Kraft Foods: Rosenfeld, 56, engineered the hostile takeover of Cadbury, a $19 billion deal.
  2. Susan Ivey, $11.8 million, Reynolds American: Ivey, 51, is the first woman to run a major tobacco company.
  3. Carol Meyrowitz, $11.1 million, TJX Cos: Meyrowitz, 56, runs discount stores T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods.
  4. Indra Nooyi, $10.7 million, PepsiCo: Nooyi, 54, is the spark behind the company’s push to add healthier products to its beverage and snack lines.
  5. Andrea Jung, $9.1 million, Avon Products: Jung, 51, is battling tough times; Avon’s profits fell 29 percent in 2009, according to Forbes.com.

We admire all of these successful women, whether they are going through good or tough times at their respective companies.

Which women business leaders do you most admire? Why? We’d love to hear from you.

In Your Shoes is created by Johnston & Murphy, offering quality shoes and outerwear for women and men. We welcome your comments and contributions.

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