10 most powerful women in Washington
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5. Valerie Jarrett
Senior Presidential Adviser
Extremely close to Obama, Jarrett acts as gatekeeper for executives who want his time. And she brings business know-how from her years atop a major Chicago real estate firm.
NEXT: 6. Mary Schapiro
Last updated September 10 2009: 3:38 PM ET
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