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Black Power
There are three black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies--and more on the way. But a title doesn't necessarily equal clout. How did we define power? We were looking for people who are wielding power, putting it to active use. This list of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America can be seen as a celebration of what's been achieved by finally reaching the corner office--and an acknowledgment of how far there is still left to go.
Intro: Unprecedented Clout
Best Companies for Minorities
50 Most Powerful Women
A Public Kind of Power
Best Companies to Work For

Rank Name Title Company
1 Stanley O'Neal COO Merrill Lynch
2 Ken Chenault CEO American Express
3 Richard Parsons CEO AOL Time Warner
4 Franklin Raines CEO Fannie Mae
5 Thomas Jones CEO of Global Investments, Private Banking, and Asset Management Citigroup
6 Bruce Gordon President of Retail Markets Verizon
7 Adebayo Ogunlesi Head of Investment Banking Credit Suisse First Boston
8 Calvin Darden SVP, U.S. Operations UPS
9 Vernon Jordan Senior Managing Director Lazard LLC
10 Oprah Winfrey Chairman and CEO Harpo Inc.
11 Lloyd Trotter President and CEO, GE Industrial Systems General Electric
12 John Thompson CEO Symantec
13 William Lewis Head of Banking Morgan Stanley
14 Ray Wilkins Group President, Marketing and Sales SBC Communications
15 Alfred Zollar GM, Lotus Software IBM
16 Eula Adams SEVP First Data Corp.
17 Arnold Donald CEO Merisant
18 Myrtle Potter COO Genentech
19 Rod Adkins GM, Pervasive Computing IBM
20 Brenda Gaines President Diners Club North America
21 Ron Williams President Aetna
22 Earl Graves Founder and Publisher Black Enterprise
23 Frank Clark President ComEd
24 Paula Sneed President of E-Commerce and Marketing Kraft
25 Robert Johnson Founder and CEO BET
26 Virgis Colbert EVP Miller Brewing
27 Pamela Thomas-Graham President and CEO CNBC
28 Ursula Burns SVP Xerox
29 Lawrence Jackson SVP for Supply Operations Safeway
30 Erroll Davis Jr. Chairman & CEO Alliant Energy
31 Al Edmonds President of Government Information Solutions Electronic Data Systems
32 Bradley Sheares President of U.S. Human Health Merck
33 Earvin "Magic" Johnson CEO Johnson Development Corp.
34 Cathy Hughes Chairman and Founder Radio One
35 Lana Corbi CEO Hallmark Channel
36 Marc Belton SVP General Mills
37 Brian Anderson CFO Baxter International
38 Christopher Williams Founder and CEO Williams Capital Group
39 Jacqueline Woods VP of Global Pricing and Licensing Oracle
40 Calvin Hudson EVP Hartford Financial Group
41 Russell Simmons Chairman and CEO Rush Communications
42 Bertram Scott President TIAA-CREF Life Insurance
43 Charles Tribbett Managing Director Russell Reynolds
44 Tony Brown VP of Global Purchasing Ford
45 Kim Crawford VP and GM of Networking Dell Computer
46 David Turner Senior VP, Sales and Marketing Gateway
47 Roger Gibson VP United Cargo
48 Carla Harris Head of Equity Private Placement Morgan Stanley
49 Keith Williamson President of Capital Services Pitney Bowes
50 Cecil Pickett President Schering-Plough Research Institute