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Westbury native No. 2 on Forbes magazine powerful women list

Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of

Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of Kraft Foods Inc., is introduced at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. (Sept. 25, 2009) Photo Credit: Jin Lee / Bloomberg

A former Westbury resident has been named the second most powerful woman in the world.

Irene Rosenfeld, at left, chief executive of Kraft Foods, came in second to first lady Michelle Obama and just ahead of Oprah on the Forbes magazine 2010 World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

Rosenfeld, 57, told the BBC in an interview that she attended W.T. Clarke Middle School in Westbury.

Rosenfeld was a well-rounded honor student and a leader while at W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury, according to her high school resume of clubs and sports. Rosenfeld (Blecker, at the time) was ranked third in a class of 468.  She was on the National Honor Society and in the Leaders Club and served as president of the student council, according to the East Meadow school district.  Rosenfeld, who graduated in 1971, worked as a reporter for the Vanguard, the high school's award-winning newspaper.
And she found time for sports. Rosenfeld played hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball.
"We are honored to have such an accomplished graduate receive such a significant recognition," said Superintendent Louis R. DeAngelo.

Her resume shows she went on to earn bachelor, master’s and doctorate degrees at Cornell. She now lives in Kenilworth, Ill.

She earned $26.3 million in 2009, making her the second-highest-paid woman after Carol Bartz of Yahoo.

Her company owns Cadbury, the British candy maker, along with such brands as Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Singles and Oreos.

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