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5 Influential women who will immensely inspire you

It’s a man’s world’ so they say, but throughout history and in modern times, women too have played an important part in society. In fact, some of these highly influential women entrepreneur have surpassed their male equivalents. From powerful leaders to media moguls, women often have had to battle against far tougher offs than their male counterparts to get their respective positions of influence.

5 Influential women who will immensely inspire you

5 Influential women who will immensely inspire you

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Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg clearly knows how to grab attention: The Facebook Chief Operating Officer's 2013 bestselling book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" won famous fans, spawned thousands of Lean In Circles, inspired a spin-off ("Lean In for Graduates") and a Sony Pictures movie deal. With a net worth of just around $1 billion, Sandberg oversees sales, marketing, business development, human resources and communications at the social media giant, which has a $160 billion market value. Under Sandberg's leadership, Facebook has improved its earnings performance and revamped its mobile strategy. In May Sandberg joined The Giving Pledge, promising to give away at least half of her net worth to charitable causes.

Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CFO at Pepsico

Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CFO at Pepsico

Indra Nooyi,56, is the current chairman and CFO of the second largest food and beverage business, PepsiCo. Born in Chennai, Indra did her Bachelor’s in Science from Madras Christian College in 1974 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1976. Beginning her career in India, Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001. She has been conferred with prestigious Padma Bhushan for her business achievements and being an inspiration to India’s corporate leadership.

Marissa Mayer, CEO at Yahoo

Marissa Mayer, CEO at Yahoo

Mayer joined Google in 1999 as employee number 20 and was the company's first female engineer. n her final years with Google, she was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services and, before that, vice president of search products and user experience. On July 16, 2012, Mayer was appointed President and CEO of Yahoo!, effective the following day. She is also a member of the company's board of directors. In 2013, Mayer ranked 32 in the Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

Kristina Svechinskaya, Ethical Hacker

Kristina Svechinskaya, Ethical Hacker

Fluent in English, Svechinskaya was originally studying at the Stavropol State University. According to Svechinskaya's mother, after the death of Kristina's father their family was living on a sole 12,000 ruble ($400 USD) salary. While on her third year, Kristina chose the Work & Travel program and arrived to Massachusetts, where she started to work in a fastfood branch. The earnings in Massachusetts however were small and she moved to New York where she chose to work as a hacker's money mule. Svechinskaya was offered an 8-10% share from taken money. The sentence was expected to be announced in June 2011,but after the arrest Svechinskaya signed a personal recognizance bond and was released under $25,000 bail. In case of conviction, Svechinskaya could have been imprisoned for up to 40 years. This includes the plot charge (30 years and the $1 million fine) and the false passports charge (10 years and the $250,000 fine).

Chanda Kochhar, CEO at ICICI Bank

Chanda Kochhar, CEO at ICICI Bank

Chanda Kochhar is the managing director of ICICI Bank and its chief executive officer. ICICI Bank is India's largest private bank and overall second largest bank in the country. She also heads the Corporate Centre of ICICI Bank.

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