Muhammad Yunus

Founder -- Grameen Bank -- Bangladesh

Muhammad Yunus, 60, first achieved acclaim with microcredit lending in Bangladesh back in the 1970s. His Grameen Bank lent money to poor villagers, and the paltry amounts were enough to let them create small businesses and generate their own income. Yunus' model has become Bangladesh's most successful export: 35 countries employ more than 100 similar programs.

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