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Christina Gold
Title: President, CEO and Director
Company: Western Union
Company rank: 473
Age: 60
Compensation: $9.4 million

Language barriers may prevent Christina Gold from speaking to Western Union tellers in every country around the globe. But as the company's imprint expands to 200 countries and yearly transactions pass the 200 million mark, Western Union's success needs no translation: Remittances are booming to a worldwide tune of nearly $320 billion last year.

In early April, the company announced mobile money transfers that would allow U.S .customers to send money abroad by using their cell phones.


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Last updated April 24 2008: 10:52 AM ET
Compensation figures include salary, bonus, deferred compensation, non-equity incentive plan, pension and exercised options, according to most recent data available. Figures are for 2007, unless otherwise noted.