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12. Safra Catz
12. Safra Catz
Co-president
Oracle (ORCL)
2008 rank: 16
Age: 47

CEO Larry Ellison's mysterious top deputy helped execute the pending $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The deal will net an estimated $1.5 billion in additional annual operating profits. Last year's earnings rose a robust 29%.

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Last updated September 15 2009: 12:58 PM ET
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