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35. Isabelle Ealet
Isabelle Ealet
Global Head of Commodities
Goldman Sachs
Country: Britain
Previous rank: New

In the worst year for commodities in decades, former oil trader Ealet has steered the world's biggest commodities trading operation to steady profits, while contributing some $3.4 billion to Goldman's top line. The commodities desk has been an especially crucial profit center for Goldman, offsetting pain the bank has been feeling from the credit crisis. She is arguably the most influential woman at the firm, with a sympathetic ear in CEO Lloyd Blankfein, himself a former commodities trader.

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