Most Successful Woman in Tech Earns $41 Million!

There has been tremendous emphasis on increasing diversity in the tech world… African American representation has been quite low, so has Hispanic and female participation. The reward however, if you make it to the very top can be quite good.

A recent CNNMoney report highlights a handful of top female earners in tech and various other industries and the results are fascinating. It’s really great news.


  • Oracle CEO Safra Catz occupies the No. 1 position. According to CNNMoney, she collects total pay of $41 million. That includes $971,000 in cash compensation and about $40 million in stock and options, according to the report.
  • Marissa Mayer, the top executive at troubled Yahoo!, comes in second on the CNNMoney list. Her total pay comes in around $36 million, according to CNNMoney. That includes $1.5 million in cash compensation and $34.4 million in stocks and options.
  • Ruth Porat is third on the list. The Alphabet CFO collects $31 million annually. About $6 million of that is in the form of cash compensation. The rest is from stocks and options.

The woman in tech on the list who ranked last – 19th out of 20 was Bridget van Kralingen, Senior VP of IBM Global Business Services who earns about $15 million in stock and direct compensation.

There is another way to look at successful women in tech… Forbes rates women by power.
According to the article:

For the fifth consecutive year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been named the most powerful woman in technology on the Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, placing at No. 7 on the list overall. With a personal fortune of $1.4 billion, Sandberg is powerful not only as a billionaire and top executive at the world’s fifth most valuable brand, but also as a voice for female empowerment in the workplace and shared responsibilities at home.

After Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (No. 8 overall) took the No. 2 spot in tech followed in quick succession by HP CEO Meg Whitman (No. 9), IBM CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty (No. 11), Apple Senior VP Angela Ahrendts (No. 15),  Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz (No. 20), Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat (No. 27) and Ursula Burns (No. 34), the CEO of Xerox since 2009. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 55), down the list 33 spots, is currently overseeing a sale of the embattled tech pioneer’s core business amid falling traffic and ad revenue.

The tech category extends beyond the U.S. borders. China’s Lucy Peng No. 35) is a cofounder of Alibaba and CEO of affiliate Ant Financial Services Group. She is followed by Hong Kong billionaire-chair of Lens Technology Zhou Qunfei (No.61), Solina Chau (No. 81), cofounder of Hong Kong-based Horizons Ventures and Jenny Lee (No. 100), managing partner of Singapore’s GGV Capital.

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