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Photographed March 6, 2013, in the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. Left to right: Monica C. Lozano, CEO and chair, impreMedia; Robert W. Matschullat, private equity investor; Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, Walt Disney; Orin C. Smith, former president and CEO, Starbucks; John S. Chen, senior adviser, Silver Lake, a private investment firm, and former CEO and president of Sybase; Susan E. Arnold, former president, global business units, Procter & Gamble; Aylwin B. Lewis, president and CEO, Potbelly Sandwich Works; Fred H. Langhammer, chairman, global affairs, Estée Lauder

Walt Disney (No. 66) may have been built on the back of a cartoon mouse, but today its Parks and Media Networks divisions -- not its pixie dust -- are what power the company's sales performance, which reached a record $42.3 billion in 2012. Profits rose dramatically (by 18%, to $5.7 billion), boosted by the cable networks business that hosts Disney's star, ESPN. In March chairman and CEO Bob Iger steered Disney to a galaxy far, far away when the company purchased LucasFilm for $4.06 billion. It will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015.

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