The Global Power 50

With 11 newcomers - several of them American expats gone to Europe - our list of the most powerful women in global business demonstrates their rise in male-dominated fields, from nuclear energy to mining to oil.

45. Sawako Noma
President and CEO
Kodansha
Country: Japan
2006 rank:  43

Noma, 64, head of the publishing company founded by her grandfather, has been pushing into electronic distribution. Kodansha's digital content includes e-books and mobile games. Still, revenue fell 6%, to $1.2 billion, last year.
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