Earlier this year, a Fortune article came out that shed light on the fact that out of the top 10 highest-paid CEOs on Equilar’s 2016 list of 100, four of them are women, which is double that of 2015. Interestingly enough, three of those four women are CEOs in tech, which is an industry that has been fraught with gender issues — most recently the Google manifesto controversy.
A beacon of hope, not so fast. Out of the list of 100, only 9 female CEOs made the cut in total, only one more than in 2015. A reason to keep pushing forward? Definitely.
1. Safra Catz of Oracle (No. 5)
While her total salary fell from $53.2 million to $40.9 million in 2016, Catz still topped the list as CEO number 5, female CEO number 1. A 1986 graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School, she’s been with Oracle for 18 years and has been an executive at Oracle since 1999, with her net worth climbing to $670 million. Her previous roles included CFO, executive VP and senior VP, and according to Forbes, she spearheaded the company’s aggressive acquisition strategy, helping close more than 100 acquisitions since 2005.
2. Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (No. 6)
Whitman’s salary has climbed 93% since 2015, now reaching $32.9 million with a net worth of $2.9 billion. She graduated from Princeton with an economics degree and from Harvard Business School with her MBA, where she went on to a successful career that includes time at Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, Walt Disney, eBay, and HP before it split into HP Inc. and HPE.
3. Ginni Rometty of IBM (No. 8)
With a similar salary increase as Whitman, Rometty now earns around $32.3 million following her 35-year tenure at IBM. She’s served as CEO, chairman, and president for four years, where she’s championed spending programs for data-analysis software and skills, cloud computing, and most notably artificial intelligence with IBM’s Watson technology.