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16. Patricia Barbizet
Patricia Barbizet
Artémis Holding
Country: France
2007 rank: 22

As a head of the holding company owned by billionaire investor François Pinault, Barbizet, 53, is the chairman of the $6.3 billion Christie's auction house, oversees the Bordeaux wine estate Château Latour, and serves as the vice chairman of PPR, the $27 billion luxury conglomerate that owns Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Balenciaga, and Puma, among others.

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