25. Steve Luczo, Chairman, President and CEO, Seagate
Taking the reins of the world's largest disk drive maker in the midst of the biggest downturn since the Great Depression is not our idea of fun. But Luczo, who took the CEO and president's post in January, 2009, sure seems like he is enjoying bringing Seagate back to the top of the disk drive mountain. By the end of the year, Luczo delivered $179 million profit on sales of $2.66 billion for the company's first fiscal quarter, with an impressive 25 percent gross margin. Look for Luczo to up Seagate's channel game in 2010 while pushing the company into the technology stratosphere with development underway of a new hybrid solid state-traditional drive with "instant on" functionality.