Business 100 - 2008

Anne Sweeney/ABC Cable Networks Group

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 with one success after another. She has presided over a quadrupling of Disney Channel subscribers, and the launch of the successful SOAPnet and Toon Disney channels. In 2004 she was awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s President’s Award.

Anne, who earned a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and a Ed.M. from Harvard, traces her Irish roots to counties Meath, Kerry and Mayo. Active in both industry and community organizations, she was elected a director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in March 2001. This past October Anne was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, and also received the Committee of 200’s Luminary Award.

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