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Billionaire Heiress of the day

May 18, 2009

Ana Patricia Botin

Named by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful women last year, she is considered her father’s heir apparent at Spanish bank Santander, founded by her great-great grandfather. Harvard-educated economist began her career at JPMorgan Chase and then joined the family business in 1988, playing an active role in the bank’s expansion into Latin America. She has headed Banesto, the retail subsidiary, since 2002, earning a reputation as a saavy banker but now comes her biggest test as she tries to manage the bank amid global economic turmoil.

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