There's a new breed of women in the land of caviar and oligarchs - rich,
entrepreneurial, and in charge. Here are six supernovas.
After her husband left her in 1993, Balakina sold her jewelry to feed her daughter. She worked as a receptionist at Reuters and ascended through the ranks. Today she runs Factiva in Russia. Her male colleagues never understood how she did it. "They thought I was mad to buy a $500 dress when I was earning $700," she says at Moscow's Turandot restaurant. "But making the right impression helped me to break into the Russian market."
Call it the year of the Most Powerful Woman CEO. In fact the top seven positions on the 2006 list are held by chief executives. (more)