41. Naina Lal Kidwai
CEO , HSBC India
2005 rank: New
Kidwai, 49, returns to the list after an absence of two years, having become the head of all of HSBC's operations in India in March. Her focus is on expanding the retail and small-business operations of the bank, which saw net profits in India rise 53% last year, to $114 million, on net revenue of $5.2 billion.
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