37 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list have Female CEOs

A record number of female CEOs were featured on this year’s Fortune 500 list, as Amazon moved up three places to the number two spot but Walmart continued its reign for the eighth year at the top.

The latest Fortune 500 list revealed that 37 of the 500 companies who ranked this year were led by women. Women CEOs account for just 7.4 per cent of Fortune 500 companies. 

This in a slight improvement from last year’s 33 women leaders. Before that, 2018 saw 24 and in 2010 there were only 15 women CEOs on the list.

Of the 37 companies, only three had women of color in charge.

The Fortune 500 list this year ranked companies based on their total revenues for their respective  fiscal years. 

Mary T. Barra of General Motors was the highest ranking female CEO on the list as her company ranked at number 18.

Barra was promoted to CEO in January 2014 and was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors in January 2016.

General Motors recorded $137.2billion in revenue in their fiscal year, despite auto factories closing for nearly two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

It took a substantial hit, with its stock price falling from 35.29 to 16.80 between March 4 and March 18. That’s a 18.49 point difference in just two weeks.

Based in Detroit, Michigan, its profits totaled to $6.7billion and had a market value of $29,694.70.

On Monday, General Motors stock price was 24.81 and had gone up almost 10 per cent as workers across the country begun to return to work as states reopened after lockdown.

Anthem, the largest for-profit heath insurer in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, ranked at number 29 with CEO Gail K. Boudreaux.

Anthem accumulated $104.2billion in revenue and profits counted up to $4.8billion. Its market share ranked above General Motors at $57,245.20.

Boudreaux acts as CEO and President of Anthem, which serves more than 40 million consumers through its health plans. Boudreaux was named CEO in 2017.

Stock price for Anthem on Monday was 279.96 and was up .85 per cent.

The company took a hit in March when lockdown orders went into place, but its stock has been steadily climbing since early April.

Next, the United Postal Service’s Carol Tomé was the third highest ranked female on the Fortune 500 list this year.

Tomé, the former financial officer of Home Depot, was announced to charge at United Postal Service in March 2020 and will formally takeover in June 2020.

She’s taking over for David Abney, who worked at United Postal Service for 46 years.

UPS fiscal year revenue came in at $74million and profits at $4.4million.

The Atlanta, Georgia, postal business was an industry that also faltered when the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly hit.

Staffing shortages and a drop in mailed advertisements saw its stocks tumble as early as January.

Its numbers are struggling to return back to normal, but UPS’ numbers rose between Friday and Monday by 5.07 per cent.

Also featured on the Fortune 500 list was Best Buy, led by Corie Barry, at number 75 and Oracle, whose CEO is Safra Catz, at number 82.

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