Top five women in business

One of the best ways to gain inspiration in business is to closely follow leaders you admire at the top of their field. We have picked out some of this year’s most successful businesswomen and their recent achievements:

  • Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg has been the COO at Facebook for the past four years and has just taken the company through its controversial $100bn IPO. She has now been named one of the social network’s director’s and joined the board earlier this year.

  • Irene Rosenfeld

Rosenfeld, the chairman and CEO of Kraft foods, has had a busy year spearheading a major corporate split of the firm’s North American grocery business and its global snacks business into two public companies.

  • Mary Barra

Barra has been the CEO of General Motors since 2014 and has invested billions of dollars into electric vehicles, self-driving cars and a new rideshare app called Maven.

  • Christine Lagarde

Lagarde was one of the first women to head the European Central Bank where she is in charge of European monetary policy during a time of widespread geopolitical uncertainty.

  • Melinda Gates

Gates maintains her position as one of the most powerful women in global philanthropy as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which is the world’s largest charitable foundation and has an estimated $40bn trust endowment.