Meet the NEW most powerful woman in banking


Last year, when Ana Patricia Botín was named by BBC Woman’s Hour the third most powerful woman in Britain—just behind Queen Elizabeth and British Home Secretary Theresa May—she was embarrassed. Botín, then CEO of Santander UK, one of Britain’s largest banks, with $13 billion revenues in 2013, found the notion that her power was proximate to the Queen of England’s, laughable.

Botín is modest, but she is also, indeed, powerful.

A rare, high-profile woman in finance, she’s been a fixture on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in business list since its inception in 1998 (in February, she landed at No. 41 on our Global list and she’ll rate highly on our Europe Middle East Africa list which debuts next week). She’s on the board of Coca-Cola. She’s established multiple foundations. And yesterday, with her promotion to Global Chairman of Banco Santander [fortune-stock symbol=”SAN”], Santander UK’s parent, the 53-year-old Botín became…

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