Watch out Mark Zuckerberg. Some women are making big moves on being young, smart and making billions from it. Though Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg topped Fortune’s annual 40 Under 40 List, followed by Google’s Larry Page, Google Vice President Marissa Mayer (36 years old) came in at number 20. Libby Wadle (38 years old), Executive Vice President, retail and direct for J.Crew, Mona Mourshed (39 years old), partner in the Middle East office of McKinsey and head of worldwide education for the firm, Erin Burnett (35 years old), host of CNN’s Erin Burnett’sOutFront, Carolyn Everson (39 years old), Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions for Facebook and Katrina Markoff (38 years old), founder and CEO of Vosge Haut-Chocolat also all made it on to the list after Mayer. Mayer and Burnett even got the cover of the print issue.
Besides obviously being successful, this is why you should know about these women:
Marissa Mayer: Mayer was the first female engineer to join Google 12 years ago and the rest is history. Mayer has also expanded her influence outside Google: She’s an angel investor in startups like Minted, One Kings Lane, and Square.
Libby Wadle: Though being an actor on Broadway is her dream job, it sounds like she will be stuck with her current one for a while. Mickey Drexler, CEO of J.Crew, just named her as his potential successor. Wadle now runs the preppy clothier’s entire retail division and its direct-sales operation.
Mona Mourshed: The MIT Ph.D the research she started in 2010 on the connection between youth employment and education in the Arab world took on a heightened level of importance amid the Arab Spring. Her work extends beyond the Middle East; she explores topics ranging from school system reform to vocational training in Latin America and Asia as well.
Carolyn Everson: She was handpicked by COO Sheryl Sandberg and with Facebook being expected to bring in $4 billion in adveritising revenue, we know she picked well.
Katrina Markoff: While a student at Le Cordon Bleu in France, Markoff started mixing chocolate with unlikely flavors like curry, taleggio, and wasabi. Now Vosges products are sold in 2,000 stores and she launched a lower-price line for mass merchants.
Erin Burnett: With her big move to CNN this year from CNBC, Burnett has even gained more of a following as the face of market news. Another woman who believes in the power of a mentor, Burnett says her friendship with CNBC co-host Mark Haines, who died this year, was crucial to her growth.