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Christina Gold
Christina Gold
Title: President and CEO
Company: Western Union
Company rank: 451
Age: 61
Compensation: $4.9 million

The recession hasn't changed money-transfers' status as big business. With a presence in more than 200 countries -- and over 600 million transactions in 2008 -- Western Union handled $67 billion in cross-border remittances last year, a 17% increase from 2007.

And despite slowing demand in the fourth quarter, Western Union's profits in 2008 increased 7% to $919 million. That hasn't made the company immune to the downturn -- it eliminated 200 jobs globally last fall.

But Christina Gold isn't going to let that stop Western Union's growth: The company recently launched the acquisition of one of its largest agents, FEXCO, which manages more than 10,000 Western Union locations throughout Europe.

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