The top spot is taken by Pepsico’s chairman and ceo Indra Nooyi. To find out who else made the list, enjoy our photogallery of the most powerful women in food and drink.
Women are graded on four criteria: the size and importance of their business on the global economy; health and direction of their company; how quickly they have moved up in business, what their future career path looks like and the social and cultural influence of the firm.
The list reflected of a trend throughout business for women leading in heavy industries such as food production, technology, energy, defence and automation and away from leading in creative firms, Fortune claimed.
Jennifer Reingold, senior editor, Fortune, said: “It’s a long way from our original 1998 list, on which, we noted at the time, most members came from industries with a premium on creativity, such as advertising, media, and publishing, with no top women at blue-chip firms.
“Creativity is still a requirement for success, of course, but you no longer have to work in a ‘creative’ industry to advance as a woman.”
To find out who the most powerful women in food and drink are, and what they have done to make the list, enjoy our gallery.