Chairman, CEO, and president Archer Daniels Midland 2010 rank: 3 Age: 58
The processor of agricultural commodities like oil seeds, corn, and wheat boosted fiscal 2011 sales thanks to increased demand. The onetime accountant and former oil executive has pushed
into developing regions such as South America, with plans to build a biodiesel plant in Brazil and a soybean facility in Paraguay.
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business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.