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Elizabeth I CEO
Elizabeth had many problems to deal with. Her path to leadership was not simple - while her half sister Mary Tudor was on the throne, Elizabeth was kept in prison, and one wrong move would have resulted in her death. When she came to the throne she had to deal with the power of Spain, which she managed to keep at bay until the time was right for a battle on her terms - the defeat of the Spanish Armada. At home there was a plenty of religious unrest, which she managed to quell without making too many enemies. And she managed a financial turnaround, changing a country with an empty treasury into one which could invest in education and the arts.