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Neil Bluhm

Bluhm has struggled with union headaches lately, and his upscale Rivers Casino in Des Plaines ended a four-year growth streak last year. But it’s still the most profitable casino in Illinois. And Bluhm shows no signs of slowing down: The art lover was recently elected a board cochair of New York’s prestigious Whitney Museum of … Read more

John Rogers Jr.

Name someone in Chicago’s power crowd, particularly its business elites, and chances are that Rogers has placed, advised, or mentored them—including a gal named Hobson (No. 18) and a fella named Obama. He marries well too: First wife Desiree Rogers went on to be Johnson Publishing’s CEO, and ex-wife No. 2, Sharon Fairley, was just … Read more

Irene Rosenfeld

The past year can’t have been much fun for Rosenfeld, thanks to pressure from major investors Nelson Peltz and William Ackman that led to intense cost cutting. But it paid off: Mondelez stock rose 23 percent in 2015, handily beating both its industry peers and the S&P 500. Her next tasks are to goose growth … Read more

Dan Webb

Webb’s slogan should be “Better Call Dan.” If major wrongdoing is suspected, he’s the guy you want. Webb’s latest: investigating Rahm’s law office and helping Ferguson, Missouri, hash out a settlement with the feds over police abuses.

Theaster Gates

Leave it to Gates to steal the show during the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial last summer. Despite a star-studded roster of 150 architects from around the world—David Adjaye and Steven Holl included—Gates was the talk of the town, thanks to the opening of his $4.5 million Stony Island Arts Bank ([[[see page 48]]]), by far … Read more

Julia Stasch

Hers is the hand that controls a spigot pouring out $220 million a year in grants, more than any other foundation in Chicago. Though Stasch has held the top job for barely a year, she’s already well into a major overhaul: MacArthur is narrowing its focus, seeking a bigger impact in fewer areas (justice, climate … Read more