49. Christina Gold
CEO, Western Union (WU)
2005 rank: New
Telegrams may be dead, but Western Union, spun off from First Data in late September, is doing fine as the world's largest money-transfer business. The $4 billion company helps immigrants send remittances home; 80% of individual transactions involve at least one non-U.S. location. Western Union provides services in over 200 countries and territories.
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