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43. Brian Roberts
43. Brian Roberts
CEO, Comcast

Brian Roberts' attempt to pick up NBC Universal seems to have gotten a boost with the Republican mega-victory in November. Not only are the incoming Congresspeople more prone to OK the merger, but many have Roberts to thank. This year Comcast boosted its political donations by 50%. Of the 99 House members that wrote to the FCC to say they were in favor of the union, 91 received a check from Comcast. Roberts is also pushing back hard against Businessperson of the Year Reed Hastings. Comcast's new Xfinity TV delivers nearly 150,000 on-demand video offerings.

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