Patricia Woertz

The first woman to captain agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland Co., Patricia Woertz has transformed the humdrum grain processor into a $90 billion powerhouse that, by revenue, eclipses every other public company in Illinois. That the revenue has more than doubled during her eight-year tenure is far from her only achievement. ADM has expanded into Eastern Europe, South America and China, where it’s building a sweetener and soluble-fiber manufacturing complex at the Port of Tianjin. And the company employs 31,000 in 74 countries.: