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Top 15 Most Powerful Women In Business (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/20/09 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 02:55 PM ET

Today, Forbes released its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Inspired by Forbes' list, we decided to come up with our own account of the most powerful women currently working in business.

These CEOs and directors of mega-companies have managed to break through the glass ceiling and now rank as some of the most powerful business leaders in the world, male or female. While we won't take issue with Forbes' list, we'll leave the exact rankings up to you.

We've ordered the below list to coincide with Forbes' rankings, but we've removed most of the female politicians from the Forbes' rankings, including former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was ranked as the most powerful woman in the world.

Check out our PHOTOS and VOTE for the most powerful woman in business.




Sheila Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
 
She's handled the takeover of 77 banks this year and has fought Washington's insiders to push her agenda. Bair is rumored to have a few run-ins with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and U.S.Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, but has managed to hold her own.
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