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Bloomberg Markets' 50 Most Influential

By Bloomberg Markets - 2012-09-05T07:58:26Z

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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Ben S. Bernanke

Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve.

Bernanke, 58, is either dooming millions to joblessness because he's politically timid or debasing the currency, depending on which columnist or candidate is speaking. Either way, he's established himself as one of the most powerful central bankers in history.