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Ti­tle: Man­ag­ing direc­tor of the IMF Coun­try: France Age: 59

Chris­tine Lagarde is the head of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund, which serves as the eco­nomic ad­viser for 189 coun­tries to keep the global econ­omy grow­ing. She is also the first woman to head the or­ga­ni­za­tion in its 70-year his­tory. One of the most pow­er­ful woman in the world was an early pre­dic­tor of the global eco­nomic melt­down that be­gan in 2008.

Lagarde is per­haps the only fi­nance leader in his­tory to be called a rock­star, a su­per­hero, and a style icon. Un­der her lead­er­ship, the IMF has in­te­grated China’s cur­rency into the global sys­tem – a his­toric move, which would fur­ther ce­ment China’s raise as an eco­nomic su­per­power. She has also been solely re­spon­si­ble shoring Greece’s fail­ing econ­omy which has re­quired three bailouts in five years and more than $100 bil­lion of aid.

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