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14. Ginni Rometty
Ginni Rometty
SVP, Global Business Services
IBM (IBM)
2007 rank: 17
Age: 51

Rometty is one reason the tech giant's stock is outpacing the market (up 2%, vs. the S&P 500's 18% decline this past year). Her $18 billion division, which automates complex services for clients in areas from HR to insurance-claim processing, has posted year-over-year profit increases for ten straight quarters.

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