With 11 newcomers - several of them American expats gone to Europe - our list of the most powerful women in global business demonstrates their rise in male-dominated fields, from nuclear energy to mining to oil.
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21. Val Gooding
2006 rank: 18
Gooding, 57, runs Britain's largest health insurance company, and until recently one of the country's major hospital providers. But BUPA, whose revenue last year rose 9%, to nearly $8 billion, announced this summer it was selling its 25 hospitals to European private equity firm Cinven for $2.9 billion. The sale has given BUPA cash to pay down its debt.
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