Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina aren’t the only women who have had an impact on Silicon Valley. Many prominent businesses are owned by women, and all of them have survived the hardest hits of the recession. The top 25 have either maintained the same revenue stream in 2009 that they had in 2008 or succeeded in growing their revenue with one firm, Akraya Inc., growing by 23 percent.
By far the largest company owned by a woman is the computer component distributor ASI Corp, whose majority shareholder is Christine Liang. They earned $1.2 billion in 2009, the same as in 2008. Following them in the top five is Integrated Archives Systems of Palo Alto, which grew by 3 percent in 2009 to produce $120.1 million in revenue. Its majority shareholder is Amy Rao. ATR International, a staffing firm based in Sunnyvale, came in third with $45 million in revenues, the same as in 2008. Its majority shareholder is Maria Novoa.
The companies that took the fourth and fifth places showed the greatest growth. The aerospace engineering company Stellar Solutions, controlled by Celeste Ford, grew 16 percent, earning $34.1 million in revenue. Akraya Inc. of Sunnyvale, which took the fifth spot, brought in $32.2 million, growing 23 percent since the previous year. Sonu Ratra is the majority shareholder.
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