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33. Dong Mingzhu
Dong Mingzhu
Vice Chairman and President
Gree Electric Appliances
Country: China
2007 rank: 48

Dong, 54, has pledged to grow air-conditioner maker Gree 30% annually, a goal she met handily in 2007. Revenue increased 44%, to about $5 billion, and profits soared some 84%. Her next goal: to turn Gree into a strong international brand.

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