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9. Ursula Burns
9. Ursula Burns
Xerox (XRX)
2008 rank: 10
Age: 51

In July, Burns became the first black female CEO on the Fortune 500. With 2008 profits down and the stock trailing the S&P, this straight-talking operator is charged with strengthening a company that's still rebounding from near bankruptcy in 2001.

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Last updated September 15 2009: 12:58 PM ET
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