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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39. Yoshiko Shinohara
2006 rank: 36
Shinohara, 72, started the company in 1973 when there were few such services in Japan. What was once a one-woman office is now the second-largest temp agency. Profits rose 36%, to $50 million, on revenue of $2 billion.
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