22. Ryan Kavanaugh
Ryan Kavanaugh
CEO, Relativity Media
Age: 36
Industry: Media

Kavanaugh gained fame in Hollywood for raising billions from Wall Street to produce moneymaking hits like Talladega Nights and Zombieland. Now he's trying his hand as a studio head, turning Relativity into a full-blown studio that uses risk-assessment algorithms to try to pick moneymakers. His plan: to make profitable movies without the expensive overhead of older studios and their costly layers of business development. "The guys who run studios are my friends," he says, "but I'm saying, `Your business model is broken.' "

Next project: Producing Julia Roberts as the evil queen in Snow White.


Last updated October 25 2011: 5:11 PM ET
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