6. Joe Tucci, EMC
Joe Tucci, EMC

While tech startups grab most of the headlines, many in the sector's old guard are also doing quite well. Data storage giant EMC is on a tear, with shares up more than 38% in 2012 alone, buoyed by solid earnings and revenue growth. The stock hit a 52-week high this week, while Tucci's approval rating from employees stands at 86%.

By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech - Last updated March 30 2012: 3:10 PM ET
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