After a year of discovering who really runs Australia, The Power Index is finally set to reveal the country's fifty most powerful people.
Throughout July, Paul Barry and The Power Index team will be counting down the most influential people in the nation from business, media, politics, sport and culture.
The Power 50 / 2012
Born in: Pretoria, South Africa, she migrated to Australia in 1997
Home Town: Sydney
From teacher to bank teller to Big Four CEO...not a typical CV sure, but there's not much that's standard about Gail Kelly.
With her brightly-coloured suits, silver pixie haircut and white picket fence-sized teeth, Kelly has an unmistakable presence in the corporate world. And inevitably, "first female Big Four CEO" gets included in every profile written about her, along with all the implied responsibility of being one of the few women in her game to smash through the glass ceiling.
Westpac is huge; as Australia's second biggest bank it has a $300 billion home-loan book and commands a market share of 20% in home lending and deposits. Last year, the company posted an annual profit of $6 billion, with assets of $618 billion. But it's not all cruisy. Her key multi-brand strategy, including the resurrection of the once-defunct Bank of Melbourne, has divided investors and analysts.
Still, Kelly can be as tough as nails. Smart, fierce and energetic, she has sacrificed plenty to get where she is today. She left her home country of South Africa in 1997, in the shadows of apartheid, to bring her family to Australia.