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39. Meredith Whitney
39. Meredith Whitney
CEO and founder
Meredith Whitney Advisory Group
2008 rank: 35
Age: 39

The former Oppenheimer analyst's spot-on calls during the meltdown gave her the prominence to start her own firm. The normally bearish Whitney's July upgrade of Goldman Sachs jump-started a bank-stock-led rally. She was also the only Wall Street analyst at the Fed's much-watched Jackson Hole summit.

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Last updated September 15 2009: 12:58 PM ET
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