9. Ana Patricia Botín
Executive Chairman, Banesto
2005 rank: 8
Botín, 46, Spain's most powerful businesswoman, continues to post some powerful numbers. Banesto—a commercial arm of Banco Santander, with nearly $3 billion in revenue in 2005—has raised profits every year and doubled lending during Botín's four-year reign. Whether she'll make it to the top at Banco Santander, run by her father, is anyone's guess. But it's a safe bet that Dad is already plenty proud.
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