Chairman and co-owner, Chicago Cubs
It was only a couple of years ago that the Cubs’ head honcho seemed to be suffering a severe power deficit. The rooftop owners were still giving him fits, the club still stunk, and sports talk mocked him for being too nice to win. But just as those who best know Ricketts predicted, he put his head down and, step by step, bulled (or is it Cubbed?) his way ahead. As of last season, he’d belted a grand slam: new massive Jumbotron? Check. Complete revitalization of the Clark-Addison corridor? Can o’ corn. Prospects fulfilling their potential? Hey, hey! A playoff series win against the hated Cardinals? Touch ’em all. If the Cubs win the World Series this year—and most bookmakers have them as the early favorites—just sign the deed to the city over to Ricketts.