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Fortune's focus on females

Focusing on the distaff side of executive suites in its Oct. 12 issue, Fortune magazine weighs in with its ranking of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business,” and entertainment, media and publishing fields figure prominently in the roster.

It includes such powerhouses as talk titan Oprah Winfrey (who logs in at No. 2 behind Lucent Technologies exec Carly Fiorina); Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group chairwoman Sherry Lansing (No. 5); “omnimedia” mogul Martha Stewart (No. 11); MTV and M2 prexy Judy McGrath (No. 18); former Disney exec (and current Oxygen Media chairwoman and CEO) Geraldine Laybourne (No. 20); Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures vice chairwoman Lucy Fisher (No. 35); ABC TV Network prexy Patricia Fili-Krushel (No. 38); Disney/ABC Cable Networks prexy Anne Sweeney (No. 47); and Elektra Entertainment Group chairwoman Sylvia Rhone (No. 48).

Also making the list are publishing heavyweights Marjorie Scardino, CEO of British media conglomerate Pearson, PLC (No. 10); Ann Moore, president of People magazine (No. 17); Cathleen Black, prexy of Hearst Magazines (No. 25); and Anthea Disney, chairwoman and CEO, NewsAmerica Publishing Group (No. 46).

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