In a decade that opened with the devastating events of September 11 and had survived the prospect of a global economic collapse as it closed, the FT's choice of the 50 people who most shaped the last 10 years forms a very diverse group: not all are heroes, some are villains, and many fall somewhere in between. All such lists are subjective and somewhat arbitrary, but we have tried to capture individuals who have had a powerful impact on the world or their region -- for good or bad -- in four areas: politics, business, economics and culture.
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