Characters from multiple continents and various walks of life rocked the business world this year.
The Occupy movement forced income inequality to the forefront as lawmakers, pundits and others wrestled with objections to money's influence in politics. U.S. lawmakers pushed the nation to the brink of default as the debated how best to wrestle with the budget deficit, but it still wasn't enough. Even after they reached a deal, America saw its credit downgraded for the first time ever, leading to near-record stock volatility in August.
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