7. Sam Palmisano
Former Chairman, President, CEO
Palmisano, who stood side by side with the president urging passage of the ARRA, has 11 entries on the White House visitors log, including a July 12, 2011, luncheon meeting with the president. Palmisano told the Obama transition team that a $30 billion stimulus package focused on smart grids, health-care IT and broadband could create more than 900,000 jobs in a year. IBM has been awarded $180.9 million in stimulus funds on 123 awards.