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Jewish CEO second on Forbes list of powerful women

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October 8, 2010 | 10:28 am

A Jewish CEO was named the second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

Several other Jewish women also joined Irene Rosenfeld, CEO and chairman of Kraft Foods Inc., on the 2010 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list released Wednesday.

Rosenfeld was second to U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and ahead of Oprah Winfrey. Rosenfeld in 2009 earned the second highest salary for women in the United States at $26.3 million.

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, was 17th on the list. U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elana Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were No. 25 and 31, respectively.

Other Jewish women on the list: actress and fashion designer Sarah Jessica Parker (45); personal finance expert Suze Orman (61); Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg (66); and fashion designer Donna Karan (96).

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