Marissa Mayer is the 1st Woman to be Featured No.1 on FORTUNE’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders

Fortune just released its annual 40 Under 40 List and Marissa Mayer came it at No. 1, making her the first woman ever to be ranked No. 1 on the list. While Mayer leads the way, this year’s list also includes more women than ever before, with women in 14 of the 40 total spots. Some of the other names are Tracy Britt Coo; Financial Assistant to the Chairman of the Berkshire Hathaway, Liv Garfield, CEO of BT Group’s Openreach and Avani Davda, CEO of the Tata Starbucks Limited. 

fortuneFind below Fortune’s press release: 

September 19, 2013


Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Takes No. 1 Spot, Square & Twitter’s Jack Dorsey comes in at No. 2, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at No. 3

Mayer Becomes First Woman to Ever Take the Top Spot; More Women on the List Than Ever Before

(September 19, 2013, New York, NY) For the fifth year in a row, FORTUNE reveals its annual 40 Under 40 list of the hottest young stars in business. Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer takes over the top spot from Google’s Larry Page, becoming the first woman ever to be ranked No. 1 on the list. Jack Dorsey of Square and Twitter is featured on the cover and comes in at No. 2 this year, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg falls one spot to No. 3. This year’s list also includes more women than ever before, with 14 of the 40 total spots.

FORTUNE editors write: “Get ready to meet the 2013 class of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, the people we deem the year’s most important young innovators, risk-takers, and rule-breakers in business…. If you think this year’s 40 Under 40 list looks a little different from previous lists, you’re spot-on. We dug even deeper this time around… to bring you a ranking that really reflects what’s going on in the world and is fresh too. Some folks will be familiar, of course, but you’re about to meet some important new faces. They’re rocking businesses as diverse as air travel, natural gas, and genetic coding, as well as—if you can believe it—government. They’re doing their thing in San Francisco, New York City, and Boston, but also in Brazil, India, China, and Africa. More of them are women than ever before.”

TOP 10 OF FORTUNE’S 2013 40 UNDER 40:
1. Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo
2. Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and CEO, Square; Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Twitter
3. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook
4. John Elkann, Chairman, Fiat; Chairman and CEO, Exor
5. Rob Goldstein, Senior Managing Director, BlackRock
6. (tie) Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk, Co-founders, Airbnb
7. Chris Weideman, Chief of Staff, U.S. Treasury Department
8. Jun Wang, Director, BGI
9. Tracy Britt Cool, Financial Assistant to the Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
10. Liv Garfield, CEO, BT Group’s Openreach

See the full 2013 ranked list here:
See the 2012 list here:


Jack Dorsey (#2) talks to FORTUNE about Twitter, Square, and his beloved hometown, St. Louis.

Uber’s Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick (#13) – FORTUNE’s Jessi Hempel writes he is an, “iconoclast and rebel-hero among Silicon Valley’s elite — and [has] friends and backers more powerful than his enemies.” Hollywood mogul Michael Ovitz, who invested in Kalanick’s first Internet company tells FORTUNE of this lister: “You put him in the ring and he’s always going to come out with the win.”

Yelp Co-founder and CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman (#16) tells FORTUNE about his company: “We’re not Google… we don’t have lobster stuffed with caviar every day. It’s never been about how we compete on throwing nice things at employees.”

Katia Beauchamp, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Birchbox (#31) talks to FORTUNE about her blossoming beauty startup: “We’re building a bridge over a ravine and putting the next brick down as we step.”


ONES TO WATCH: This is no runners-up list—we’re watching these 12 high-flying individuals closely, and you ought to be, too. They come from the worlds of finance, tech, energy, politics, and even sports. Meet our 2013 Ones to Watch.

THE EARLY YEARS (BABY PHOTOS GALLERY): Take a look back at our 40 Under 40 when they were *way* under 40.

HIGHEST PAID UNDER 40: Which young executives at public companies brought home the most bacon in 2012? And, exactly how much bacon are we talking about?

BEST-KEPT SECRETS: FORTUNE cajoled this year’s top 40 into sharing facts about them you won’t find on the Internet (until now).

FORTUNE ZOOM: A new book reveals the secrets, strategies, and insights of five years of FORTUNE’s 40 Under 40.

The new issue of FORTUNE will hit newsstands on Monday, September 23.

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