John Rogers

AGE: 54
OCCUPATION: Founder, chairman, and CEO, Ariel Investments

By following his idol Warren Buffett’s approach to value investing—and favoring stocks of Chicago companies whose managers he knows intimately—Rogers has created the nation’s largest minority-owned mutual fund company. But his real power is as a connector, and his greatest impact may be with Ariel Community Academy, which teaches financial literacy to inner-city kids.

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