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This year, Fortune has ranked the 50 Most Powerful Women based outside the U.S. Banco Santander group executive chairman Ana Botín repeats as No. 1, in a time of economic and political volatility for all. The 2016 list spans 19 countries and is comprised of 16% new names. By Rupali Arora, Erika Fry, Audrey Shi, and Claire Zillman

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1 Ana Botín Group Executive Chairman Banco Santander Spain 55
2 Arundhati Bhattacharya Chairperson State Bank of India India 60
3 Isabelle Kocher CEO Engie France 49
4 Chua Sock Koong Group CEO Singapore Telecommunications Singapore 58
5 Chanda Kochhar Managing Director and CEO ICICI Bank India 54
6 Alison Cooper CEO Imperial Brands U.K. 50
7 Güler Sabancı Chairman Sabancı Holding Turkey 61
8 Ho Ching Executive Director and CEO Temasek Singapore 63
9 Annika Falkengren CEO and President SEB Group Sweden 54
10 Ornella Barra Co-COO Walgreens Boots Alliance U.K. 62
11 Dong Mingzhu CEO Gree Electric Appliances China 62
12 Wang Fengying CEO and Executive Director Great Wall Motor China 46
13 Li Dang President and Director China General Technology China 59
14 Wan Ling Martello Head of Asia, Oceania and Africa Nestlé Switzerland 58
15 Patricia Barbizet CEO, Artemis; CEO & Chairman, Christie's International Groupe Artemis France 61
16 Lucy Peng CEO Ant Financial China 43
17 Rose Lee Wai Mun Vice Chair, CEO Hang Seng Bank China (HK) 63
18 Véronique Laury CEO Kingfisher U.K. 51
19 Shikha Sharma CEO and Managing Director Axis Bank India 57
20 Maria Ramos Group CEO Barclays Africa Group South Africa 57
21 Dominique Senequier President Ardian France 63
22 Carolyn McCall CEO EasyJet U.K. 54
23 Serpil Timuray Regional CEO, AMAP Vodafone U.K. 47
24 Lubna Olayan CEO and Deputy Chairperson Olayan Financing Saudi Arabia 61
25 Nancy McKinstry CEO and Chairman Wolters Kluwer Netherlands 57
26 Wu Yajun Chairman Longfor Properties China 52
27 Moya Greene CEO Royal Mail U.K. 62
28 Kwon Seon-joo CEO and Chairman Industrial Bank of Korea South Korea 59
29 Isabelle Ealet Global Co-Head of Securities Goldman Sachs U.K. 53
30 Dominique Leroy CEO Proximus Belgium 51
31 Wei Sun Christianson Co-CEO Asia-Pacific, CEO China Morgan Stanley China 60
32 Maggie Wei Wu CFO Alibaba China 48
33 Emma Walmsley CEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare GSK U.K. 47
34 Jennifer Li CFO Baidu China 49
35 Rachel Duan SVP, GE; CEO and President, GE China General Electric China 46
36 Jean Liu President Didi Chuxing China 37
37 Tsai (Patty) Pei-Chun CEO Pou Chen Group Taiwan 36
38 Sun Yafang Chairman Huawei Technologies China 60
39 Alison Brittain CEO Whitbread U.K. 51
40 Erica Mann Head of Consumer Health Division Bayer Switzerland 57
41 Margarita Louis-Dreyfus Chairperson of Supervisory Board Louis Dreyfus Holding Switzerland 54
42 Boo-Jin Lee CEO Hotel Shilla South Korea 45
43 Rakefet Russak-Aminoach CEO and President Leumi Group Israel 50
44 Ann Cairns President, International Markets MasterCard U.K. 59
45 Anne Richards CEO M&G Investments U.K. 52
46 Nancy Southern CEO, Chair and President ATCO Canada 59
47 Alison Watkins Group Managing Director Coca-Cola Amatil Australia 53
48 Zhou Qunfei CEO and Founder Lens Technology China 46
49 Marina Berlusconi Exec. Chairman, Fininvest; Chairman, Mondadori Fininvest Italy 50
50 Linda Hasenfratz CEO Linamar Canada 50

Boo-Jin Lee

CEO, Hotel Shilla, 45
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Kim Hong-Ji — Reuters

The Samsung heiress has swiftly and aggressively expanded her $2.8 billion hotel and duty-free empire. In the former, her company has added seven business hotels—branded Shilla Stay—since January 2015. In the latter, she partnered with Hyundai Development Company to develop a pair of high-profile malls in Seoul, struck deals to open new outlets in Singapore, Thailand and Japan, and acquired a 44% stake in Miami-based DFASS, the leading in-flight duty-free retailer. But it hasn’t been a smooth ride: the emergence of the infectious disease MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in Korea was a drag on tourism last year, and this year Chinese visitors are spending less. There is also some regulatory uncertainty around South Korea’s competitive duty-free industry that has weighed down the stock; Shilla has lost 43% of its market value over the past year. Lee is also a nonexecutive director for CITIC Group, China’s biggest brokerage firm.

Personal Information

Country South Korea
Previous Rank #20 (ASIA)

Company Financials

Millions ($)
2015 Revenues $2,780
2015 Profits $66
Market Value (as of 8/26/16) $2,400

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