Amazon has had a blowout year, capped by the recent release of the Kindle Fire. Bezos stands out as an engaged, shareholder-friendly CEO (he owns 20% of the company but collects a small salary and no bonus). Amazon's international prospects seem bright given that more than half of all Internet users are now in developing markets. The company's cloud-computing division could also become very big. Potential downside: More cash-strapped U.S. states could force Amazon to collect sales taxes, which might reduce margins.
He rescued the coffee chain. It had record financial results this year. Now the CEO is on a campaign to save the country from its politicians. Here's how he blends capitalism and activism.
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