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10. Gulzhan Moldazhanova
Gulzhan Moldazhanova
CEO
Basic Element
Country: Russia
2007 rank: 20

Moldazhanova's profile keeps growing with Basic Element, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's $45 billion investment fund that controls aluminum giant UC Rusal. Moldazhanova, 42, was Deripaska's secretary before rising to CEO in 2005. Since then Basic Element has acquired voraciously and doubled revenues to $26.8 billion. Next: taking Rusal public.

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