There are only 25 women CEOs in the Fortune 500 - here's the full list

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There are only 25 women CEOs in the Fortune 500 - here's the full list

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Few Fortune 500 companies are run women CEOs. Pictured is Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of the General Motors Company.

  • Female Fortune 500 CEOs lead just 25 companies on the list.
  • Women who are Fortune 500 CEOs include Mary Barra of General Motors, Ginni Rometty of IBM, and the newly appointed Beth Ford of Land O'Lakes.
  • The women run a diverse group of companies in a wide range of fields, including technology, energy, and retail.


Women make up 58% of the American workforce, but when it comes to leadership positions at top companies, they are drastically outnumbered.

Only 25 of this year's Fortune 500 companies had women CEOs. The list includes Mary Barra of General Motors, the highest-ranking company with a woman at the helm, and Beth Ford, the newly appointed CEO of Land O'Lakes, who also became the first openly gay woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.

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"It concerns me in that we can actually count how many there are, as opposed to saying there are hundreds," PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, who will step down in October, told Fortune.

The women on the list run a diverse group of companies in a wide range of fields, ranging from technology to retail to banking.

Take a look at the women leading some of the most powerful companies in America:

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Mary Barra — General Motors

Mary Barra — General Motors

Fortune 500 rank: 10

CEO since: 2014

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Gail Boudreaux — Anthem

Gail Boudreaux — Anthem

Fortune 500 rank: 29

CEO since: 2017

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Ginni Rometty — IBM

Ginni Rometty — IBM

Fortune 500 rank: 34

CEO since: 2012

Indra Nooyi — PepsiCo

Indra Nooyi — PepsiCo

Fortune 500 rank: 45

CEO since: 2006

Indra Nooyi will step down as PepsiCo CEO in October.

Read more about Indra Nooyi »

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Marilyn Hewson — Lockheed Martin

Marilyn Hewson — Lockheed Martin

Fortune 500 rank: 59

CEO since: 2013

Safra Catz — Oracle

Safra Catz — Oracle

Fortune 500 rank: 82

CEO since: 2014

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Phebe Novakovic — General Dynamics

Phebe Novakovic — General Dynamics

Fortune 500 rank: 99

CEO since: 2013

Tricia Griffith — Progressive Corporation

Tricia Griffith — Progressive Corporation

Fortune 500 rank: 112

CEO since: 2016

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Lynn Good — Duke Energy

Lynn Good — Duke Energy

Fortune 500 rank: 125

CEO since: 2013

Michelle Gass — Kohl's

Michelle Gass — Kohl's

Fortune 500 rank: 157

CEO since: 2018

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Geisha Williams — Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Geisha Williams — Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Fortune 500 rank: 168

CEO since: 2017

Margaret Keane — Synchrony Financial

Margaret Keane — Synchrony Financial

Fortune 500 rank: 173

CEO since: 2014

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Barbara Rentler — Ross Stores

Barbara Rentler — Ross Stores

Fortune 500 rank: 209

CEO since: 2014

Beth Ford — Land O'Lakes

Beth Ford — Land O'Lakes

Fortune 500 rank: 216

CEO since: 2018

Read more about Beth Ford here »

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Vicki Hollub — Occidental Petroleum

Vicki Hollub — Occidental Petroleum

Fortune 500 rank: 220

CEO since: 2016

Anna Manning — Reinsurance Group of America

Anna Manning — Reinsurance Group of America

Fortune 500 rank: 234

CEO since: 2017

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Deanna Mulligan — Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Deanna Mulligan — Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Fortune 500 rank: 239

CEO since: 2011

Kathryn Marinello — Hertz Global Holdings

Kathryn Marinello — Hertz Global Holdings

Fortune 500 rank: 335

CEO since: 2017

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Mary Laschinger — Veritiv

Mary Laschinger — Veritiv

Fortune 500 rank: 346

CEO since: 2014

Michele Buck — Hershey

Michele Buck — Hershey

Fortune 500 rank: 379

CEO since: 2017

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Joey Wat — Yum China Holdings

Joey Wat — Yum China Holdings

Fortune 500 rank: 397

CEO since: 2018

Beth Mooney — KeyCorp

Beth Mooney — KeyCorp

Fortune 500 rank: 412

CEO since: 2011

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Patti Poppe — CMS Energy

Patti Poppe — CMS Energy

Fortune 500 rank: 429

CEO since: 2016

Kathleen Mazzarella — Graybar Electric

Kathleen Mazzarella — Graybar Electric

Fortune 500 rank: 426

CEO since: 2013

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Mary Dillon — Ulta Beauty

Mary Dillon — Ulta Beauty

Fortune 500 rank: 471

CEO since: 2014