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.
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.