Richard Sandor

AGE: 70
OCCUPATION: Founder and CEO, Environmental Financial Products

Dreaming up ideas that transform industries is Sandor’s stock-in-trade. The father of financial futures, he invented a carbon-trading system aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and sold it for nearly $600 million in 2010. Now he’s working on an exchange for another commodity: water.

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