Forbes selects candidates within six categories: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits, and politics. From those categories, each person is ranked upon three metrics: "dollars, a traditional and social media component, and power base points."
Nine women with technology connections made the prestigious list. Find out who they are and their rankings below.
- 5. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook — According to Forbes, Sheryl has helped to grow active Facebook users to represent 11 percent of the world's total population. She is also an outspoken advocate of empowering women in the workforce.
- 6. Melinda Gates, cofounder and cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — A computer scientist in her own right, Melinda Gates now focuses on the foundation named after her and husband. In the last year alone, the organization gave away $2.4 billion in global charitable contributions with an emphasis on immunizations.
- 16. Susan Wojcicki, SVP of Advertising, Google — Dubbed "the most important Googler you've never heard of," Susan was the one to rent her legendary Palo Alto garage to the Google founders. She currently oversees AdWords and mobile advertising products and is responsible for bringing in 96 percent of the company's total revenue.
- 20. Cher Wang, cofounder and chair, HTC; VIA Technologies — As cofounder of Taiwan-based HTC, Cher has grown the company to be the maker of more than out of every five smartphones.
- 37. Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo! — As CEO of the Internet search engine, Carol has made Yahoo! into a leading digital media group with an audience reach over 700 million.
The remaining four most powerful women with a tech focus after the break.
- 40. Safra Catz, president, Oracle — Formerly CFO for the technology giant, Safra was named to the position again in April 2011, taking on more responsibility within the company.
- 42. Marissa Mayer, VP, Local, Maps, & Location Services, Google — As Google's first female engineer, Marissa has a long history with the search engine giant. She is currently at work on Google's maps, geolocation services, and local advertising products.
- 56. Katie Jacobs Stanton, VP, International Strategy, Twitter — A social media advocate prior to joining Twitter, Katie worked with the State Department to launch the Text Haiti Red Cross donation campaign to raise $33 million after an earthquake hit the island. She's also responsible for getting the White House on Twitter and tweeting regularly.
- 82. Virginia Rometty, SVP, Group Executive Sales, Marketing and Strategy, IBM — As head of global sales, Virginia helped grow revenue to $100 billion. With extensive global business experience, she is one of the top female executives at IBM.