As VP at Google, Marissa Mayer knows her tech, which also makes her the perfect person to fill us in on the items we should grab for our geeky loved ones this holiday. We asked Marissa to shed some light on the tech and gadget items she can't live without at work and at home. Get out your pens and paper — you might want to take notes for your own wish list — and check out Marissa Mayer's picks for the holiday shopping season in the gallery!
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.
- She bought her first computer in college where she was studying to be a pediatric neurosurgeon, then switched to a unique mix of courses only offered at Stanford: symbolic systems — a blend of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science.
- After receiving 14 job offers after graduation, Marissa created a matrix ranking each position on salary, location, chance of success, lifestyle, career trajectory, and happiness. She then recruited an economist to help her analyze her data and spent hours charting pros and cons with her friend before deciding which offer to accept.
- The gadget she can't live without is her phone, and her favorite apps are Google Maps and Bejeweled Blitz.
See the rest of the list, including some sound career advice for women after the jump.
At just 34-years-old, as Google's vice president, search and user experience, Marissa Mayer, will soon be celebrating her 10-year Google anniversary. Being the very first female engineer to be hired by the search engine company way back in 1999, Mayer climbed her way to the top and is now a very prominent figure at Google, which now employs over 19,000 people worldwide.This month, Glamour Magazine is honoring Mayer with a Woman of the Year award. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and 2002 Woman of the Year explains why Mayer was selected for this award:
"She has been a powerhouse of creativity and business acumen for one of the world’s most innovative companies. Marissa Mayer is leading the way in keeping America number one."
A very deserving recipient indeed — smart, geeky, and not to mention, incredibly stylish!