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Forbes: The World's Most Powerful Black Women Business Leaders 2012

#7 First Lady Michelle Obama

The now 48-year-old First Lady Michelle Obama was once a “gutsy” 13-year-old Michelle Robinson who traveled for miles—scared and alone—from her Chicago home to attend the integrated high school Whitney Young, says her English teacher, Dagny Bloland, to biographer Liza Mundy.

It was the same “guts” that made Mrs. Obama leave a prestigious law firm job to become executive director of the nonprofit Public Allies that prepared young people for jobs within public service.

Years later, she now serves as the nation’s First Lady of public service, doing something that has never been done before for youth: hosting The First State Dinner For Children; which championed healthy eating among youth.

(Photo by Larry Marano/WireImage/Getty Images)

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