Bloomberg Markets Most Influential 50

  1. Most Influential 50
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    Most Influential 50

    Bloomberg Markets magazine presents its first annual list of the Most Influential 50: The people who make the most money, build the most profitable companies, shape the economic debate -- and move global markets.

  2. Ben S. Bernanke
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    Ben S. Bernanke

    Chairman
    U.S. Federal Reserve
    With lawmakers in no mood for fiscal stimulus, Bernanke, 57, a student of the Great Depression, holds the only levers left to pull to try to boost the U.S. economy.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  3. Agustin Carstens
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    Agustin Carstens

    Governor
    Banco de Mexico
    An unsuccessful candidate for IMF managing director, he made the case that the job no longer belongs with a European. Carstens, 53, has held rates unchanged this year as slow growth in the U.S. may damp Mexico’s economy.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  4. Mario Draghi
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    Mario Draghi

    Governor
    Banca D'Italia
    He replaces Jean-Claude Trichet as president of the European Central Bank on Nov. 1. Draghi, 64, has echoed Trichet in saying that Europe's political leaders need to act more decisively to halt the sovereign-debt contagion.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  5. Timothy F. Geithner
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    Timothy F. Geithner

    Treasury Secretary
    United States
    In August, Geithner, 50, asked if he could step down, and Vice President Joe Biden had to tell him no. Is he irreplaceable? Senate confirmation of a successor would be difficult.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  6. Christine Lagarde
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    Christine Lagarde

    Managing Director
    International Monetary Fund
    The first woman to lead the International Monetary Fund is expanding her influence beyond the teetering economies of Europe.
    For full profile, click here.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  7. Ali al-Naimi
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    Ali al-Naimi

    Petroleum Minister
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Naimi, 76, is the longest- serving oil minister among OPEC members. In June, the cartel rejected his call to raise output, so Saudi Arabia ignored the decision and contacted officials in India, China and elsewhere to sell more oil.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  8. Masaaki Shirakawa
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    Masaaki Shirakawa

    Governor
    Bank of Japan
    Turnover in the government has made Shirakawa, who turns 62 in September, Japan’s longest-serving economic official. The inflation hawk may largely determine how much is spent on earthquake and tsunami reconstruction.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  9. Wang Qishan
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    Wang Qishan

    Vice Premier
    People’s Republic of China
    Rapport between Wang, 63, and Geithner has helped smooth currency and trade conflicts. Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson calls Wang “my old friend.” Wang is responsible for economic and financial affairs under Premier Wen Jiabao.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  10. Elizabeth Warren
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    Elizabeth Warren

    Professor
    Harvard Law School
    Republicans would not let her run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, her brainchild. Warren, 62, was let into the White House long enough to set it up. Now she is back at Harvard, perhaps with a Senate campaign in her future.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  11. Zhou Xiaochuan
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    Zhou Xiaochuan

    Governor
    People’s Bank of China
    If emerging economies are the hope for the global economy, inflation is the worry. In July, Zhou, 63, raised rates for a third time this year while saying inflation isn’t the only object of Chinese monetary policy.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  12. Lloyd Blankfein
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    Lloyd Blankfein

    CEO
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
    Goldman has had just one quarterly loss in five years under Blankfein, 57. Still, the New York–based firm also has paid the largest fine the Securities and Exchange Commission ever has levied on a Wall Street firm.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  13. Robert Diamond
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    Robert Diamond

    CEO
    Barclays Plc
    The American built the Barclays Capital investment bank, capping the effort with the acquisition of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s U.S. operations. The unit’s success won Diamond, 60, the top job at the London financial institution.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  14. Jamie Dimon
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    Jamie Dimon

    Chairman
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    The JPMorgan Chase CEO emerged from the crisis as head of the world's third-most-profitable financial institution. 

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  15. James Gorman
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    James Gorman

    CEO
    Morgan Stanley
    He pitched clients more than 400 times in 2010, helping put Morgan Stanley on top in both merger advisory and equity underwriting. Gorman, 53, joined Dimon in asking regulators to consider the cumulative effect of new banking rules.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  16. Stuart Gulliver
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    Stuart Gulliver

    CEO
    HSBC Holdings Plc
    Like Diamond and Jain, Gulliver, 52, rose to the top job via the investment bank. Gulliver, however, has never worked outside HSBC, the world’s third- biggest bank by market capitalization.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  17. Anshu Jain
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    Anshu Jain

    Corporate and Investment Bank Chief
    Deutsche Bank AG
    He runs operations with more than 70 percent of total company revenue. The bank will split its top job rather than lose Jain, 48, a native of Jaipur, India. Co- CEO Juergen Fitschen will oversee all things German, including political duties.

  18. Jiang Jianqing
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    Jiang Jianqing

    Chairman
    Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd.
    Jiang, 58, says he wants his bank to be the world’s most profitable. It’s already the most valuable by market capitalization. Jiang has formed partnerships with heavyweights such as Goldman Sachs.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  19. Chanda Kochhar
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    Chanda Kochhar

    CEO
    ICICI Bank Ltd.
    She runs India’s largest nongovernment lender. Kochhar, 49, rose through the ranks at ICICI, which launched the careers of half of the women in the top echelon of India’s banking industry.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  20. Kenneth Moelis
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    Kenneth Moelis

    CEO
    Moelis & Co.
    He left UBS AG in 2007 to build an independent investment bank. Moelis, 53, now has 550 employees in nine offices worldwide, and his firm is climbing the merger advisory league tables.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  21. Vikram Pandit
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    Vikram Pandit

    CEO
    Citigroup Inc.
    Pandit, 54, has led Citigroup back from the brink after needing a $45 billion bailout. He has disposed of more than $300 billion in troubled assets and pushed a strategy of growing outside the U.S.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  22. Steven Cohen
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    Steven Cohen

    CEO
    SAC Capital Advisors LP
    He boasts $14 billion in assets at his Connecticut firm and 30 percent annualized returns since 1987 in his main fund. Cohen, 55, is raising money for a new quantitative fund after closing his flagship long-short fund to new investors.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  23. Ray Dalio
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    Ray Dalio

    Founder
    Bridgewater Associates LP
    The manager who built Bridgewater into the world's largest macro hedge fund pioneered a new way to manage money.

    For full profile, click here.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  24. Laurence Fink
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    Laurence Fink

    CEO
    BlackRock Inc.
    Fink, 58, has built the world’s largest money manager, with $3.7 trillion. The U.S. government tapped BlackRock during the financial crisis to evaluate and manage the toxic holdings of Bear Stearns Cos. and American International Group Inc

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  25. Jeremy Grantham
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    Jeremy Grantham

    Co-Founder
    GMO LLC
    Grantham gets a lot right in his quarterly letters. He warned of a housing bubble in April 2005 and wrote in March 2009 that the S&P 500 was cheap. In May of this year, Grantham, who turns 73 in October, was telling investors to raise cash.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  26. William Gross
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    William Gross

    Co-Chief Investment Officer
    Pacific Investment Management Co.
    Gross derives his influence as manager of the world’s biggest bond fund, with $246 billion. From his perch in California, Gross, 67, put his “new normal” of slower growth front and center in the economic discourse.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  27. Ho Ching
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    Ho Ching

    Executive Director
    Temasek Holdings Pte
    She oversees the $153 billion Singapore investment company that sets the standard for sovereign-wealth management. Temasek has an annualized 21 percent return on investments made since Ho, 58, joined in 2002.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  28. Lou Jiwei
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    Lou Jiwei

    CEO
    China Investment Corp.
    He heads the newest large sovereign-wealth fund, founded in 2007. Jiwei, 60, must live down underwater investments in Morgan Stanley and Blackstone Group LP as he navigates CIC's $135 billion global portfolio.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  29. Mark Mobius
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    Mark Mobius

    Executive Chairman
    Templeton Emerging Markets Group
    Mobius, 75, helped open investors’ eyes to Asia and Latin America. His Templeton Emerging Markets Fund has beaten its benchmark with 18.9 percent annualized returns over 10 years.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  30. James Simons
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    James Simons

    Chairman
    Renaissance Technologies LLC
    Even as Simons, 73, steps back from day-to-day management, the former code cracker remains the quant manager to beat. He boasts an annualized return for his Medallion fund of more than 35 percent since 1989.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  31. George Soros
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    George Soros

    Chairman
    Soros Fund Management LLC
    After returning $700 million of outside money, Soros, 81, and his sons still oversee their own $24.5 billion. Investorshang on his pronouncements, as when he says gold is in a bubble or calls for the refinancing of European banks.
    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  32. Mukesh Ambani
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    Mukesh Ambani

    Chairman
    Reliance Industries Ltd.
    Reliance Industries' chairman is amassing a $16 billion cash hoard -- and big plans for India and the rest of the world.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  33. Eike Batista
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    Eike Batista

    Chairman
    MMX Mineracao e Metalicos SA
    Batista, 54, became Brazil’s richest man by betting on China’s hunger for natural resources. He is building a “highway to China” at the Acu port in Rio de Janeiro to export oil and iron ore his companies produce.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  34. Warren Buffett
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    Warren Buffett

    CEO
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
    Buffett, 81, lately focuses on what to do with one’s money, in addition to how to make it, prodding billionaires to take a charity pledge. Still, his views on investing make headlines, as when he commented that he would rate the U.S. AAAA.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  35. Jeffrey Immelt
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    Jeffrey Immelt

    CEO
    General Electric Co.
    Immelt, 55, heads Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is shrinking GE’s finance arm and has set a goal of boosting exports from the U.S. and selling more in China, India and the Middle East.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  36. Steven Jobs
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    Steven Jobs

    Former CEO
    Apple Inc.
    Jobs, 56, sits atop the tech industry—and the U.S. stock market. From January 2009 through July 2010, Apple accounted for about 7.3 percent of the gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, double that of the next biggest contributor.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  37. Mikhail Prokhorov
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    Mikhail Prokhorov

    Founder
    Onexim Group
    He made his fortune in metals and mining and is watching it grow thanks to his stake in producer OAO Polyus Gold. Prokhorov, 46, is moving into politics with a leadership role in the pro-Kremlin Right Cause party. And he owns an NBA team.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  38. Wilbur Ross
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    Wilbur Ross

    CEO
    W.L. Ross & Co.
    Ross, 73, is watched because of his track record buying companies in out-of-favor industries: steel, textiles, car parts, coal. He built a mortgage servicing company after the housing bubble burst. This summer, he invested in oil tankers.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  39. David Rubenstein
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    David Rubenstein

    Managing Director
    Carlyle Group
    His firm is in Washington, but the secretary of state of private equity travels more than two-thirds of the year, raising new money. Rubenstein, 62, owns a copy of the Magna Carta that is more than 700 years old.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  40. Carlos Slim Helu
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    Carlos Slim Helu

    Chairmen Emeritus
    America Movil SAB
    Latin American leaders want the richest man in the world to invest in their countries. When Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner visited Mexico in May, she had dinner first with Slim, 71, and met later with President Felipe Calderon.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  41. Ratan Tata
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    Ratan Tata

    Chairman
    Tata Group
    He runs India’s biggest conglomerate, making and selling a mix of products that range from salt to Jaguar automobiles. Tata, 73, has increased revenue for the group 12-fold to $76 billion since taking the reins in 1991.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  42. Carson Block
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    Carson Block

    Founder
    Muddy Waters Research
    Hedge-fund manager John Paulson sold his shares of Sino-Forest Corp. for a loss after Block, 35, who’s based in Hong Kong, alleged in a report that the Toronto-listed company overstated its timber holdings.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  43. Martin Feldstein
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    Martin Feldstein

    Professor
    Harvard University
    A long career as a deficit hawk puts him at the center of the austerity debate, even if fellow Republicans are reluctant to accept his tax proposals.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  44. Jan Hatzius
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    Jan Hatzius

    Chief Economist
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
    His warning to clients in early 2008 that a recession was coming vaulted Hatzius to the top of a BLOOMBERG MARKETS ranking of the most accurate economists. Hatzius, 42, cut his U.S. growth forecast in June of this year and again in July.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  45. Daniel Kahneman
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    Daniel Kahneman

    Professor Emeritus
    Princeton University
    Kahneman, 77, is one of the fathers of behavioral economics and won a Nobel economics prize, although he’s a psychologist. He has said capitalism suffers from delusional optimism, citing Alan Greenspan as an example.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  46. Paul Krugman
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    Paul Krugman

    Professor
    Princeton University
    He has a large following for his newspaper columns and a Nobel prize for his research. In a survey of professors published by the American Institute of Economic Research, Krugman, 58, was the most popular economist under age 60.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  47. Jim O’Neill
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    Jim O’Neill

    Chairman
    Goldman Sachs Asset Management
    O’Neill, 54, came up with the acronym BRIC to promote investment in Brazil, Russia, India and China. He was head of global economics until Goldman named him in 2010 to oversee its money management business.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  48. Carmen Reinhart
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    Carmen Reinhart

    Senior Fellow Peterson Institute Reinhart, 55, and Kenneth Rogoff had impeccable timing, delivering a thick history of debt-fueled financial crises in the aftermath of a global, debt-fueled crisis. Bernanke called their book, This Time Is Different, “extraordinary.”

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  49. Robert Shiller
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    Robert Shiller

    Professor
    Yale University
    He warned of irrational exuberance inflating technology stocks in the 1990s and recognized the housing bubble in the middle of the last decade. So Shiller, 65, gets credit for calling two economic disasters in a row.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  50. Joseph Stiglitz
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    Joseph Stiglitz

    Professor
    Columbia University
    He has used the phrase deficit fetishism to describe moves toward austerity in the U.S. and Europe. Stiglitz, 68, a Nobel laureate, expects budget cuts will doom developed economies to high unemployment and slow growth for years.

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

  51. Nassim Taleb
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    Nassim Taleb

    Professor
    New York University
    Every investor is now hunting the next Black Swan. Taleb wrote the book on them. His latest book consists of aphorisms, such as: “The tragedy is that much of what you think is random is in your control, and what’s worse, the opposite.”

    From the Bloomberg Markets magazine Most Influential 50.

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