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17. Carol Meyrowitz
President and CEO
TJX Cos. (TJX)
2009 rank: 18
Age: 56

The discount retailer, with brands like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, has seen its customer base expand during the recession. Meyrowitz, who started out as an assistant buyer at Saks, increased profits 38% and saw revenue surpass $20 billion.

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