Yahoo’s Mayer is First Woman to Top Fortune’s 40 Under 40

by Dan Holden | September 19, 2013

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Former Google tech star Marissa Mayer stunned the business world a little over a year ago when she was appointed CEO of Yahoo, Inc., and today she’s done it again, becoming the first woman to take the No. 1 spot on Fortune’s annual 40 Under 40 list.

Talk about breaking through the glass ceiling.

The ranking puts her ahead of every other young tech leader out there, including Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey (No. 2) and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Others in the Top 40 (and rounding out the top  10) are John Elkann of Fiat at No. 4 and Rob Goldstein of Blackrock Capital at No. 5, Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia  and Nate Blecharczyk (all of Airbnb and tied at No. 6), Chris Weidman, Jun Wang, Tracy Britt Cool and Liv Garfield.

After Zuckerberg, Ben Silbermann of Pinterest (No. 11) and Kevin Systrom of Instagram (No. 12) were the next-highest-ranking tech execs.

Mayer has not ranked as high on other lists.  Last year, Mayer was ranked 14th on Fortune Magazine’s list of powerful businesswomen and this year, Forbes listed her as No. 32 in its ranking of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen.  Yahoo’s stalled sales have, despite growing profits, put something of a damper on Mayer’s appointment, but observers say the turnaround is clearly still in progress.

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