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How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers
  • Yahoo CEO Mayer's quickest investment: the 12-minute pitch

    One day in late June, before anyone knew that Marissa Mayer would become the new CEO of Yahoo (YHOO), the 37-year-old Google (GOOG) vice president hosted another young tech star at Google's Silicon Valley headquarters.

    Mayer's visitor was Meredith Perry, a 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania grad who had cold-emailed Mayer with an investment opportunity: Perry had discovered a way to wirelessly charge cell phones and other electronic devices by transmitting ultrasound MORE

    - Jul 30, 2012 10:26 AM ET
  • Update: Fortune 500 Women CEOs hits a record 20

    FORTUNE -- As we noted yesterday, Yahoo's new chief Marissa Mayer is the youngest CEO in the Fortune 500. Mayer's appointment means that the Fortune 500 now has 20 female CEOs, a new record. Here's the list:

    10. Meg Whitman - Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)

    19. Ginni Rometty - IBM (IBM)

    28. Patricia Woertz - Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

    41. Indra Nooyi - PepsiCo (PEP)

    45. Angela Braly - WellPoint (WLP)

    50. Irene Rosenfeld - Kraft Foods (KFT)

    72. MORE

    - Jul 18, 2012 9:30 AM ET
  • The Marissa Mayer timeline

    New Yahoo (YHOO) chief executive Marissa Mayer is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. At 37, she displaces her former boss, 39-year-old Google (GOOG) CEO Larry Page.

    Mayer is also the youngest woman ever to make the Fortune Most Powerful Women list. In 2008, at 33, she locked down the No. 50 spot -- and rose to No. 38 on the 2011 MPW list.

    Though Mayer has famously described herself (again MORE

    - Jul 17, 2012 3:14 PM ET
  • New Yahoo CEO Mayer is pregnant

    She told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due in October.

    FORTUNE --Marissa Mayer, the Google (GOOG) executive who today was named Yahoo's (YHOO) new chief executive, is pregnant.

    Mayer told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due October 7. It's a boy!

    "He's super-active," Mayer told me in a phone call tonight, three hours after Yahoo announced her appointment. "He moves around a lot. My doctor says that he takes MORE

    - Jul 16, 2012 11:13 PM ET
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  • Marissa Mayer is the new CEO of Yahoo

    Google (GOOG) vice president Marissa Mayer is the new CEO of Yahoo (YHOO).

    More on her appointment--a big surprise--later. She just called me and said, "It's true."

    Employee No. 20 at Google, Mayer, 37, rose through the ranks to oversee local and location services. She says she is starting at Yahoo tomorrow. "There's a lot to do," she says.

    - Jul 16, 2012 4:29 PM ET
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  • Wal-Mart recruits a Googler, and it's a trend

    The news that Wal-Mart (WMT) has invited Google (GOOG) VP Marissa Mayer to join its board of directors signals a trend. Fortune 500 boards are looking hard to recruit social media experts. And their quest is bringing a lot of women to the directors' table.

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is on the Walt Disney (DIS) board.

    Clara Shih recently joined the board of Starbucks (SBUX). The founder-CEO of hot startup Hearsay Social replaced Sandberg, MORE

    - Apr 17, 2012 10:16 AM ET
  • Before Google, the Wojcicki girls learned from Mom

    Her daughter Susan is the most powerful woman at Google (GOOG). Her daughter Anne started 23andMe, a company that dissects your DNA makeup. Her daughter Janet is a PhD anthropologist and epidemiologist.

    You have to figure that Esther Wojcicki taught her daughters pretty well.

    The mother of Silicon Valley's well-known Wojcicki sisters is, in fact, being honored today, Digital Learning Day, as one of a small group of "great teachers" who use technology MORE

    - Feb 1, 2012 9:06 AM ET
  • On Buffett's wish list for 2012: Google and...

    What companies did Warren Buffett put on his wish list for Santa Claus?

    The secret is out.

    The Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) chief sent a photo of himself, perched on Santa's lap, and named several companies that he apparently believes will be great stocks to own in 2012.

    Under the header, "Santa - 2011,"  Buffett listed Exxon Mobil (XOM), Wells Fargo (WF)--both companies in which he already owns shares--and Google (GOOG). No public records MORE

    - Jan 4, 2012 10:35 AM ET
  • Google's Marissa Mayer: Her favorite mobile apps

    Mobile/local/social is the web's sweet spot right now. And Google's Marissa Mayer is in the middle of it.

    We told you how Mayer engineered the acquisition of Zagat. That could turn out to be a very smart deal if Google gets us searching and sharing and mapping our ways to restaurants even more than we do today.

    At the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Silicon Valley last week, Mayer explained her MORE

    - Dec 5, 2011 11:21 AM ET
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  • Google's Marissa Mayer: How I got ahead

    Marissa Mayer has been a pioneer in the unofficial "Geek is Chic" movement. Google's (GOOG) first female engineer, who is now the company's VP in charge of all things local, has appeared in Vogue, rocked the cover of Fortune's 40-Under-40 issue, and been nominated for Vanity Fair's 2011 International Best Dressed List. She is an angel investor in female-founded companies like Minted and One King's Lane. Mayer also mentors rising-star MORE

    - Dec 1, 2011 11:59 AM ET
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