Definitive List of Women CEOs expands by 50% Definitive List of Women CEOs expands by 50% ( ) announced the second annual Definitive List of Women CEOs on March 8, 2022, in line with International Women’s Day. The list is a unique, data-driven research effort that highlights the women who lead big business in Africa. The data for the effort is provided by Bloomberg.

In short, the list represents the women who run big business in Africa. All of the women run businesses with revenue of $100 million or more. No other list of successful African businesswomen is grounded in quantifiable research. Chair Teresa Clarke said, “The 2022 list features 74 women. This represents a meaningful expansion over the 50 women who made the 2021 list. This is largely explained by our intentional change in our methodology. In the first year, we used market capitalization of listed companies as the only financial metric by which to qualify companies for consideration. In 2022, we changed the qualification to be either large scale market capitalization or large scale revenue. By making revenue a screening mechanism, we brought in a larger group of companies from across the continent, thereby diversifying the geographic representation of the list significantly.” is not only reporting on women in corporate Africa, but is also running large scale, free training for African women in the first five years of their corporate careers. Aida Diarra, head of VISA for sub-Saharan Africa, helped to train over 2,000 women with in a virtual event. 94% of the participants said that the training was very important to their future success.

A video presentation of the 2022 women on the list, as well as the methodology used to create the Definitive List of Women CEOs, are available at this link: Reveal Video of 2022 Definitive List of Women CEOs ( )


Group One: CEOs

Of the 1364 companies listed on the 24 African stock exchanges, we screened for those companies with revenue of $100 million or more, or a market cap of $150 million or more, which yielded a list of 581 companies. The public websites of these 581 companies were reviewed to identify female C-suite executives. Our team of researchers then examined the list of these women to determine those who have a title of chief executive officer or managing director or president AND have bottom line profit and loss responsibility. This resulted in the final list of 35 women CEOs.

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