36. Yoshiko Shinohara
2005 rank: 38
Shinohara, 71, started her temp agency in a small apartment in 1973 with just a desk and a phone. Today her company, which had revenues last year of $1.8 billion, is the second-largest temp agency in Japan. This year she took it public to help her expand the business even further.
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