As leader of the country's biggest automotive retailer, Jackson is a powerful player in the U.S. auto industry. Compared to other major auto dealers, AutoNation sells a higher proportion of domestic car brands. That was a liability during the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies but is looking like more of an asset as the Big Three automakers recover. The proof: Over the past year, AutoNation's sales and profits rose by 13.3% and 15.9%, respectively.
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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