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Forbes: The World’s Most Powerful People 2012

8. Mario Draghi

President, European Central Bank
Age: 65

With the euro lurching constantly from crisis to crisis, the European Central Bank is more important than ever. As chief banker of the world’s largest -currency area—the euro zone’s collective GDP is now more than $17.4 trillion—Draghi faces the Herculean task of trying to maintain financial unity across 17 countries. But if anyone can wrangle the interests of nations as diverse as Germany and Greece, it might be the man who navigated the minefield of Italian politics so deftly. He earned himself the nickname: “Super Mario.”

(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)



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