33. Erin Burnett

Host, CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront 
Age: 35 
Industry: Media

There's a reason HBO's Too Big to Fail used repeated clips of Erin Burnett's reporting to create a background narration of Lehman's fall: She is TV's business bard. Market watchers know her from CNBC, but earlier this year she moved to CNN, where she's been given her own primetime news program, Erin Burnett OutFront. She still has her eye on the markets but plans to also cover global stories. "I think America has a higher tolerance for international news than the industry has assumed," she says. 

Loss of a mentor: Burnett says her friendship with CNBC co-host Mark Haines, who died this year, was crucial to her growth. 

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