61, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
(New on BT's Most Powerful list)
She came to Mumbai from Bangalore close to four decades ago with her grandmother. She would ride a truck to reach downtown from the suburbs during the nationwide train strikes of the seventies.
Since then, Gopinath has written regulations, managed government debt, kept an eagle eye on the exchange rate, managed foreign exchange - and even done a cushy stint at the International Monetary Fund in 2001.
|Biggest achievement in 2010: Decides on market borrowings along with finance secretary; was given the important portfolio of 'payments and settlements' this August|
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