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
He's a pro-customer, tightfisted risk-taker who is conditioning Wall Street to embrace his erratic earnings. If you're running a business with high margins - watch out.