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77. Joy Mangano

A knack for inventing simple solutions to everyday problems–and marketing them on cable TV–catapulted Joy Mangano to business stardom. Her first hit was the self-wringing Miracle Mop; she sold 18,000 in 20 minutes on QVC in 1992. Then came no-slip Huggable Hangers and the roll-up storage system RolyKit. She sold her company to USA Networks, but remains its president and a regular on the Home Shopping Network, racking up sales of $100 million a year. — by Abha Bhattarai

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