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11. Ana Patricia Botín
Ana Patricia Botín
Executive Chairman
Banesto
Country: Spain
2007 rank: 9

Botín, 48, had a good year at Banesto, the retail arm of $90 billion banking giant Santander: Revenues soared 40%, to $6 billion, and net profit grew 26% while the firm largely averted the subprime mortgage mess. Still a question mark: whether she will succeed father Emilio as head of the Santander empire.

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