--MARIA ASUNCION ARAMBURUZABALA Queen of Corona
When Aramburuzabala inherited her father's Grupo Modelo beer empire in 1995, she was raising two children and had little business experience. But she took over two bankrupt subsidiaries and made them profitable within a year. And she helped sell a big stake in Grupo Modelo to Anheuser-Busch. Now the brewer of Corona is in proven hands: Aramburuzabala, 39, is vice chairman, and the company's profits rose 20% during the first half of this year.
--THOMAS KANG Seoul Man
Four years ago, merger specialist Kang was ready for a change. So when a representative of...