7. Carlos Brito
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CEO, Anheuser-Busch Inbev

Brito's beer empire is poised to grow: This year he said he would acquire Grupo Modelo, Mexico's biggest brewer, pending a Justice Department review of the $20 billion deal. (Modelo CEO Carlos Fernandez is No. 40 on this list.) The Brazil-born CEO eschews the old-school corner office,and suits too; instead, at his Manhattan office, which boasts an open layout, Brito dons jeans and a button-down shirt. He has some work to do: Budweiser sales last year fell to No. 3, behind Bud Light and new No. 2 Coors Light. Analysts predict Brito has his eyes on an acquisition of a more carbonated variety: PepsiCo. --Daniel Roberts

- Last updated November 30 2012 05:12 PM ET
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