5 Most Powerful Women star athletes

Some of this year's most powerful women in business were power players in sports as well. Here are five female chief execs who have dominated on and off the court.

Irene Rosenfeld
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MPW Rank: 4
Company: Kraft Foods

Irene Rosenfeld was a Renaissance woman at West Tresper Clarke High in Westbury, N.Y. In addition to playing four sports, Rosenfeld -- then Irene Blecker -- sang in the choir, worked on the student newspaper, and served in the student government.

She tried to continue her basketball career after high school. In fact, the strength of Cornell's basketball program played a part in her choice to go there for undergrad. Her time on the team was cut short though. Rosenfeld broke her leg during her first season. But, armed with the kind of get-up-and-go attitude that you learn on the court, she ploughed through her studies, got a degree in psychology, a master's in business administration, and a doctorate in marketing and statistics, all from Cornell.

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