Bill Daley

AGE: 63
OCCUPATION: Cochair, Obama 2012

Yes, he quit his job as Obama’s chief of staff in November. But he’s still a Daley. And however he re-enters Chicago’s orbit—at the moment, he’s hard at work on his old boss’s reelection campaign—his potential for rising on this list seems virtually limitless.

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