Elon Musk, one of the greatest disruptors in tech since Steve Jobs, is Fortune's 2013 Businessperson of the Year, announced this morning. Musk is the innovator behind three major startups: Tesla Motors (TSLA), SpaceEx and SolarCity (SCTY). An audacious, tenacious triple threat. But another technology exec scores a trifecta that no one else in Fortune history ever has: Marissa Mayer is the only person ever to make the Businessperson of the Year list (No. 10), Fortune's Most Powerful Women rankings (at No. 8), and our 40 Under 40. (No. 1).
The Yahoo (YHOO) CEO rates x3 because she is the first CEO in a parade of bosses to produce a turnaround strategy that appears to be working. Since joining Yahoo from Google (GOOG) in July of 2012, the 38-year-old engineer has bought two dozen startups (including Tumblr for $1.1 billion), recast the corporate culture, and lifted Yahoo's user base to 800 million--while doubling Yahoo's stock.
Besides Mayer, six other Fortune MPW earned a place on the Businessperson of the Year list. Burberry (BURBY) chief Angela Ahrendts, who is moving to Apple (AAPL) next year, is No. 4. TJX (TJX) CEO Carol Meyrowitz ranks No. 17. Harriet Green, who saved British-based Thomas Cook (TCKGY) from the brink, is No. 23. Carolyn McCall, CEO of low-cost European airline EasyJet (ESYJD), is No. 30. DuPont (DD) CEO Ellen Kullman ranks No. 43. And self-made Chinese real-estate mogul Zhang Xin is No. 46.
Meanwhile, we had some fun ranking the 25 Most Powerful Female TV Characters--applying the Fortune MPW ranking criteria to the stars of hits like Scandal and Nashville and Mad Men. Which of Sterling Cooper's femme fatales, Peggy Olson or Joan Holloway, possesses more power? Fortune tells.
Angela Ahrendts' new job as head of Apple retail is her first gig outside of fashion. Given the Burberry CEO's digital knowhow and Apple's move toward wearable technology, it's a natural fit.
In recruiting Burberry (BURBY) CEO Angela Ahrendts to head its retail and online unit, Apple (AAPL) is acquiring a design fanatic, a digital evangelist, and a master of millennial marketing.
The move looks to be a win for Apple and MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 15, 2013 11:36 AM ET
How to thrive in the digital world? The best advice may be to change the way you think about your power.
From London, where Fortune hosted a Most Powerful Women conference on Monday, to Cannes, where I'm now at the ad industry's Lions Festival of Creativity, the most fevered discussion has been about how to succeed in the digital space. Success seems to derive, ironically, from divesting your power and putting it MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 20, 2012 10:03 AM ET
Today, International Women's Day, brings news that progress in the boardroom remains feeble: 10% of directors' seats worldwide are held by women, according to a new report. Meanwhile, as the U.K. contemplates quotas for corporate boards, a British businesswoman exhorts her countrywomen to assert themselves.-Pattie Sellers
By Domini Pettifar, joint managing director, dnx marketing
Do British businesswomen need more swagger? It is a question I raise, in all seriousness, as the MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Mar 8, 2012 11:28 AM ET
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