DiLma RoUsseff, PResiDent, BRaZiL
Rousseff’s economic policies have helped contain inflationary pressures and positioned Brazil for long-term
growth, making it one of the most attractive of the BRICs for foreign investors.
DUVVURi sUBBaRao, GoVeRnoR, ReseRVe BanK of inDia
Amid the central bank’s financial reform efforts, subbarao faces the challenges of a plunge in the rupee and
spiking costs, factors that limit his ability to cut rates.
ZHoU XiaocHUan, GoVeRnoR, PeoPLe’s BanK of cHina
Zhou is overseeing a cautious transition to a freely convertible Chinese renminbi. He needs to kick-start the
country’s slowing economy and may ease rules on foreign investments in China.
micHeL BaRnieR, inteRnaL maRKet anD seRVices commissioneR, eURoPean Union
Barnier is shaking up the audit industry in europe by pushing for changes like mandatory auditor
rotation and a prohibition on audit firms providing advisory service.
aLan BLinDeR, PRofessoR, PRinceton UniVeRsit Y
Blinder employed the phrase “fiscal cliff” in a march op-ed about the pinch the u.s. economy
could feel in January from spending cuts and tax increases. The phrase, subsequently popularized
by Fed Chairman Bernanke, heightened recognition of risks the nation faces on the fiscal front.
WaRRen BUffett, cHaiRman anD ceo, BeRKsHiRe HatHaWaY
America’s third-richest person confounded conservatives with a call for higher taxes on the rich.
Arguing that higher taxes won’t deter him or other fat cats from investing, Buffett says the
“billionaire-coddling” Congress should raise taxes on those earning more than $1 million.
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