2013's top people in business

Fortune's annual list is filled with executives who defied expectations (buying a newspaper, leaving luxury for Apple), executed big turnarounds, and delivered stellar results for their shareholders.

16.  Howard Schultz

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Chairman and CEO, Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500)

--Cultural impact
--Returnee

Schultz is brewing more than coffee (see Leadership Q&A), which has helped boost sales and profits, and drove a 51% gain in the stock this year.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated November 21 2013 01:32 PM ET
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