They hold the keys to the kingdom. These Bay Area women are among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, according to Forbes Magazine. The are extremely well-paid and extremely well-educated. The technology sector dominates, but there are women in finance, politics, law, and healthcare, as well. Most are in their 50s, but there is a 31-year-old on this list who is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

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#8 Sheryl Sandberg, 45
COO of Facebook

Sandberg lives in Atherton. She has a net worth of $1.05 billion.

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#9 Susan Wojcicki, 46
CEO, YouTube, Google

Wojcicki lives in Palo Alto. She has a net worth of $300 million.

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#22 Marissa Mayer, 39
CEO of Yahoo

Meyer lives in Palo Alto. She had a pay package of $42 million in 2014.

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#24 Safra Catz, 53
Co-CEO of Oracle

Catz lives in Redwood City. She earned nearly $38 million in 2014.

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#25 Angela Ahrendts, 54
SVP, Retail for Apple

Ahrendts lives in Cupertino. She earned $73.4 million in 2014.

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#32 Ruth Porat, 57
CFO of Google

Porat grew up in Palo Alto and Portola Valley. She will earn an estimated $70 million in her first 2 years at Google.

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#38 Nancy Pelosi, 75
Minority Leader
House of Representatives

Pelosi lives in San Francisco. Since 1987, she has raised more than $400 million.

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#44 Laurene Powell Jobs, 51
Founder and Chair of Emerson Collective

Jobs is the widow of the late Steve Jobs. She lives in Palo Alto. She and her family have a net worth of $20.3 billion.

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#60 Katie Jacobs Stanton, 45
VP of Global Media

Stanton lives in Los Altos. She is married with 3 children.

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#72 Elizabeth Holmes, 31
Founder-CEO of Theranos

Holmes lives in Palo Alto. She is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire with a net worth of $4.6 billion.


#77 Mary Meeker, 55
General Partner
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

Meeker lives in Woodside. She also made Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capitalists.

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#84 Padmasree Warrior, 54
Chief Technology & Strategy Officer
Cisco Systems

Born and raised in India, Warrior lives in San Jose.

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#95 Weili Dai, 53
President of Marvell Technology

Dai lives in Los Altos Hills. Her salary was $3.73 million in 2014.