47. Ofra Strauss
Chairman, Strauss-Elite Group
2005 rank: 42
In January, Strauss, 46, added Brazil's Café Santa Clara to her $930 million coffee-and-ice-cream company's operations, making her head of the seventh-largest coffee seller in the world. The former Estée Lauder marketing exec has also secured a foothold in the U.S. by acquiring Sabra, a salad company, and launching a premium chocolate brand, Max Brenner, in New York City. Next up: an IPO?
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