The 50 Who Matter Now

In our second annual ranking, Business 2.0 has compiled an unabashedly subjective list of people, products, trends, and ideas that are transforming the world of business.

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington
Co-founder, Huffington Post

Rank: 38

Why she matters: In the year of the blogger, Huffington is the queen of the blogosphere. Her Huffington Post, launched just two years ago to snooty derision, has become one of the Web's most influential political sites, attracting more than 800,000 unique visitors a month. A $5 million round of VC funding has given Huffington the heft to add more original reporting, investigative pieces, and videos to a site already brimming with A-list opinion makers.

HuffPo is the new model for Internet-bred news sites -- a hybrid that combines the journalistic traditions of print with the immediacy and community of the Web. She also plans to launch a satirical site called 23/6 later this year. This time, nobody's laughing.

Adelson

Calacanis

Bianchini

Iacobucci, Raburn

Graham

You

Williams

Musk

Melton

O'Reilly

Edmond

Zell

Huffington

Fake Steve Jobs

Walsh

Draft

Zuckerberg

Branson

Nooyi

Ambani bros.

Phillips

Negroponte

Hundt

Friis, Zennstrom

Cogan

Rosedale

Fadell

Kao

Arrington

Stephenson

Miyamoto

Eberhard

Agile software

Li

Diller

Chizen

Hurd

Wales

Bezos

McAndrews

Watanabe

Chambers

Schwarzenegger

Decker

Murdoch

Jacobs

Moritz

Private equity

Jobs

Google trio
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