43. Sawako Noma
President and CEO, Kodansha
2005 rank: 31
After her husband died in 1987, Noma, 63, took over the publishing company founded by her grandfather. Since then she has boosted its revenues葉o $1.3 billion last year預nd pushed into electronic distribution via e-books, online ordering, and mobile phones.
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