3 Black Women Make Fortune's Top 50

Shonda Rhimes (Michael Buckner); Rosalind Brewer (Bryan Bedder); Ursula Burns (Larry Busacca/Getty)
Shonda Rhimes (Michael Buckner); Rosalind Brewer (Bryan Bedder); Ursula Burns (Larry Busacca/Getty)

(The Root) — Fortune magazine has released its annual 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list, and the good news is that three dynamic African Americans are included in the roundup.


Ursula Burns, CEO and president of Xerox; Rosalind Brewer, CEO and president of Sam's Club; and Shonda Rhimes, creator of hit shows Scandal and Grey's Anatomy, are among some of the most influential and biggest names in business today, according to Fortune. Other names on the list include PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi (No. 2), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 5) and Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo (No. 8).

Burns, 55, is ranked 13 for successfully transforming Xerox. "Over half of its $22 billion in revenue comes from services such as customer care and IT outsourcing," the magazine says.


Brewer, 51, is ranked at 15. She is responsible for one of three operating segments at the retail chain. "The Lockheed board member drove sales up 5 percent and operating income up 6 percent at Sam's Club and has been building its online business," Fortune says.

Rhimes, 43, is ranked at 50, knocking Oprah off the list. Calling her shows mini-empires and major money-makers for Disney-ABC, Fortune says Rhimes was a natural fit. "Rhimes, a prolific creator and executive producer of hit dramas, makes the list for her impact on popular culture."

When the list was released earlier this month, it was the first time Oprah Winfrey was not included since the launch of the list in 1998.

"And for the first time ever, one woman who has always made Fortune's MPW list dropped off: Oprah Winfrey," writes Fortune's Patricia Sellers. "Her cable network, OWN, seems to have overcome its startup struggles and is drawing bigger audiences, but the business isn't big enough to put Oprah, No. 50 last year, on the 2013 list."


Net worth and salary information were not included on the list. 

View Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list here.

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