Business 100 - 2009

Anne Sweeney/Disney Media Networks

Being named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” by Forbes comes naturally to Anne Sweeney. As co-chairman of Media Networks, The Walt Disney Co., and President of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Sweeney has risen through the ranks of television.
Sweeney is a recipient of the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s President’s Award, the Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting by the Broadcasters Foundation of America and, in April, received the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc.

Sweeney, who earned a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and an Ed.M. from Harvard, traces her Irish roots to Counties Meath, Kerry and Mayo. Sweeney was elected a Director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in March 2001. In October 2007, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, and also received the Committee of 200’s Luminary Award.

Sweeney and husband, Philip Millier, live with their two children in Los Angeles.