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Hillary Clinton

43 - Hillary Clinton
2012 Rank: 3

Former Secretary of State
Clinton’s well-regarded run at the State Department ended on a sour note as political opponents blamed her for the September 2012 Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead. But the combination of her close relationship with many senior administration officials, many of whom owe their positions to her patronage over the years, means that she will be involved in the shaping of US policy for years to come. An authority on defense issues, she may become far more absolute if, as many expect, she runs for president in 2016 and becomes the first woman to occupy the White House as both first lady and chief executive.

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