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7. Guler Sabanci
7. Guler Sabanci
Chairman and managing director
Sabanci Holding
2009 rank: 8
Country: Turkey

Sabanci, 55, oversees more than 30 group companies in Turkey, which generated total revenues of $12.2 billion in 2009.

Sabanci jettisoned the group's 65% stake in ToyotaSA to focus on core businesses like cement, energy and retail. She has also launched a transition into low carbon emission projects, with the company's cement group invested in production of electricity from waste gas -- a first for Turkey.

In her spare time, she runs a private vineyard in northwest Turkey, producing a wide range of wines from Bordeaux-style to Chardonnay.

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Last updated September 29 2010: 6:20 AM ET
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