7 female finance ministers

These women are wielding influence in economic policy around the world. Could one be the next Christine Lagarde?

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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  • Country: Nigeria

Okonjo-Iweala has earned international acclaim for her pro-growth policies in Nigeria, even though her anti-corruption stance regularly earns her death threats at home. Time has called her a hero, and she was a strong contender to succeed Paul Wolfowitz as the president of the World Bank last year. With degrees from Harvard and MIT, her policies have been credited for delivering a serious boost to the country's economy.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated February 07 2014 09:39 AM ET
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