Sonia Gandhi
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President of the Indian National Congress, India

The Italian-born party chief turned down opportunities to nab India's prime minister spot, but that seemingly hasn't diminished her power in the 1.2 billion-person country. Despite recent allegations of corruption, she gets partial credit for India's recent growth, and her support could be critical to the fate of the proposed economic reforms of prime minister Manmohan Singh. Her son, Rahul Gandhi, appears primed to be Singh's successor in 2014.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated September 25 2012 12:48 PM ET
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