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50 People Who Matter 2010 | 22. Angelina Jolie

Salt of the earth.

More than a pout, she is a movie star, a mother-of-six, a philanthropist, a UN ambassador and one half of the world's hottest couple.

In ten years, Jolie has risen from starlet in Tomb Raider to member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hollywood do-gooding is mockable, but Jolie's donations - $1m for Haiti, $5m in Cambodia - are serious.


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This article first appeared in the 27 September 2010 issue of the New Statesman, The 50 people who matter