Ellen Kullman
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MPW Rank: 5
Company: DuPont

Kullman leads the largest company in Delaware, the state where she was born and raised. She's the first female CEO of the over-200-year-old chemical company Dupont (DD, Fortune 500).

Kullman attended high school at Tower Hill in Wilmington, where she played lacrosse and captained the basketball team. She went on to play D-3 ball at Tufts for two years before suffering knee injuries that ultimately forced her to quit. She pushed on in the academic realm at Tufts and earned a mechanical engineering degree from the university in 1978. Now, back in Delaware, all three of her children play sports.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated September 20 2012 08:51 AM ET
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