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Monique Péan
Monique Péan
Founder and CEO, Monique Péan Fine Jewelry
Age: 29

This darling of the high-end jewelry world possesses not only style savvy but business skills as well. A grad of the University of Pennsylvania, she began her career as a fixed-income securities analyst at Goldman Sachs in 2003. But the death of her younger sister in 2005 led her to change course and pursue her artistic passions with a socially-conscious approach; she uses sustainable materials for her designs and gives back to the communities where the materials are sourced.

Péan was a finalist for a 2009 Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award, and her bracelets adorned the wrists of fashion icon Michelle Obama this year. She also designed a line for the Gap in June and debuted her collection at NYC's fashion week in September.

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Last updated October 15 2010: 8:19 AM ET
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