AGE: 55
OCCUPATION: President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The CSO chief reeled in two very big fish—Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma, who signed on in 2009 as a creative consultant for new programming—and the audiences followed. So did the money: In January, the CSO announced a record year in fundraising—up 15 percent to $24 million.

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Photograph: Todd Rosenberg