With 11 newcomers - several of them American expats gone to Europe - our list of the most powerful women in global business demonstrates their rise in male-dominated fields, from nuclear energy to mining to oil.
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7. Marina Berlusconi
Chairman Country: Italy
2006 rank: 7
Berlusconi, 41, has no desire to meddle in politics and keeps a low profile, unlike her dad, the former Prime Minister. She presides quietly over the family's $12 billion media and holding company, Fininvest. This year she added a stake in Mediobanca, the country's most powerful investment bank, to a portfolio that includes Italy's largest commercial broadcaster and publisher and the popular AC Milan football team.
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