6 of World’s 25 most Powerful women are 50 years old or younger

6 of the World most Powerful women are 50 years old or younger and are balancing their role as a parent with their career ambitions. Meet these amazing women made Forbes 2014 list of 25 most powerful women in the world.

#3 Melinda Gates, age 49 – Philanthropist, USA – Mother of 3

Melinda Gates has cemented her dominance in philanthropy and global development to the tune of $3.4B in giving 2012 (most recent data available) and more than $26B in grant commitments since she founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband in 1998.

Education: She attended St. Monica Catholic School,[7][8] where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982.Gates earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987

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She met Bill Gates while working at Microsoft. Her last position at Microsoft was General Manager of Information Products. As of 1009, Melinda and Bill Gates have donated more than US$24 billion to their foundation.

#8 Michelle Obama, age 50 – First Lady, USA – Mother of 2

The Harvard grad and former corporate attorney actively uses her platform as first lady to fight childhood obesity and promote healthier eating and lifestyles.

Education: Michelle graduated from Princeton University cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology. She went on to earn a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.

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According to the couple’s 2006 income tax return, her salary was $273,618 from the University of Chicago Hospitals, while her husband had a salary of $157,082 from the United States Senate. The Obamas’ total income, however, was $991,296, which included $51,100 she earned as a member of the board of directors of TreeHouse Foods, and investments and royalties from his books. This was all before her husband became the President of the United States.

#9 Sheryl Sandberg, age 44 – COO Facebook, USA – Mother of 2

With a net worth just shy of a billion, Sandberg is COO of the social media giant, which has a $160B market value.

Education: In 1987, Sandberg enrolled at Harvard College and graduated in 1991 summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics and was awarded the John H. Williams Prize for the top graduating student in economics.

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Sheryl Sandberg released her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, co-authored by Nell Scovell and published by Knopf on March 11, 2013. As of the fall of 2013, The book sold more than one million copies and was on top of the bestseller lists since its launch.

#12 Susan Wojcicki, age 45 – CEO Youtube, USA – Mother of 4

This February Wojcicki moved from her post as consigliore for Google’s ads and commerce (some 90% of revenue) to become CEO of the world’s largest video platform.

Education: Wojcicki studied history and literature at Harvard University and graduated with honors in 1990. She also received her master’s in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruzin 1993 and a Master’s in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998.

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In September 1998, the same month that Google was incorporated, its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up office in Susan’s garage in Menlo Park. She had rented it out to help pay her mortgage. She had left her job at Intel to join the start up at 4 months pregnant with her first child.

#17 Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, age 32 – Entertainer, USA – Mother of 1

She is the youngest woman on the list. The 32-year-old superstar capped off a banner year that included singing for the president, performing at the Super Bowl, and headlining the most profitable tour of the year by shocking the world with a surprise “visual album” in December.

Education: Beyoncé was educated at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Texas. Beyoncé’s interest in music and performing continued after winning a school talent show at age seven, singing John Lennon‘s “Imagine” to beat 15 and 16-year-olds.

Did You Know?

Beyonce’s dad quit his job in order to manage Destiny’s child.

#18 Marissa Mayer, age 39 – CEO Yahoo, USA – Mother of 1

Yahoo’s CEO became Silicon Valley’s ‘spender-in-chief’ this past year, dropping more than $1.2B for 22 companies in an effort to grow the number of users and reinvigorate the talent pool.

Education: Mayer graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S. in computer science. For both degrees, her specialization was in artificial intelligence.

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Mayer joined Google in 1999 as employee number 20 and was the company’s first female engineer.[23][24] During her 13 years with the company, she was an engineer, designer, product manager and executive. In September 2013, Mayer became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to be featured in a Vogue magazine spread.

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