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48. Meredith Whitney
Meredith Whitney
CEO
Meredith Whitney Advisors
2010 rank: 38
Age: 41
Whitney deals in dire predictions about banks, bonds, and municipal finance, and she is as famous for bold proclamations as she is for her success rate (which has been mixed). But when she talks, the world still listens, and she has taken the bold step of supporting Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan.
Network with Meredith Whitney Advisors
From the October 17, 2011 issue
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How we pick the Power 50
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the womanís business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.

Name 2010 total compensation
Safra A. Catz $42 million
Wellington J. Denahan-Norris $23.6 million
Carol Meyrowitz $19.2 million
Name Rank
Cynthia Carroll 1
Gail Kelly 2
Marjorie Scardino 3