International Power 50

The women at the very top of our list don't just preside over huge businesses, they also stand out in what remain male-dominated industries. By changing the face of international business, these women also are helping change the world.

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1. Cynthia Carroll
Cynthia Carroll
Anglo American
Country: Britain
2007 rank: 1

The economic downturn has forced American-born Carroll, 51, to target still-growing markets such as China with ramped-up production of iron ore, coal, and copper. Though 2007 revenues dropped 9%, to $29 billion, and production costs rose, Carroll reported another year of record operating profits.
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Last updated September 29 2008: 1:21 PM ET
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