50 Most Powerful People

Our annual list comprises politicians, entrepreneurs, educators, philanthropists and others who are instrumental in shaping our community.



Photos By Roberto Gonzalez at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The people on our 12th annual 50 Most Powerful list fall into many categories and influence our lives in myriad ways. There are the traditional government leaders who make our laws and carry out projects that will change the face of Central Florida for generations. Business and tourism leaders make decisions daily that affect our economic health. Educators decide on policies that will impact how our children learn. And finally, philanthropists demonstrate the power to change lives through their contributions to everything from the arts to battling homelessness. Indeed, over the years, this list has become more and more about the power to inspire.

This year we take a closer look at the top three selections—Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, attorney John Morgan and Florida Hospital CEO Lars Houmann. In addition, you’ll find longer features about four others on the list who have taken various paths that involved great opportunity—and sometimes tremendous difficulty. Also, be sure to check out “10 to Watch,’’ which identifies leaders who are not yet on the list but bear watching in the coming year.

50 Most Powerful: 1-10

Dyer, Morgan, Houmann, Hitt, Jenkins, Jacobs, Gardiner, Downs, Rosen, Kalogridis

50 Most Powerful: 11-20

Williams, Martins, Mica, Cohen, Thakkar, Ashton, Nelson, Rawlins, Ustler, Kruppenbacher

50 Most Powerful: 21-29

Perry Jr., Sublette, Shugart, Grayson, Pugh, Marchena, Demings, Wick, Aguel

50 Most Powerful: 30-40

Maines, Miller, Simmons, Ramsberger, Siegel, Macnab, Whittall, Brown II, Bailey, Maxwell, German

50 Most Powerful: 41-50 and 10 to Watch

German, McGee, Webster, Maladecki, Sheehan, NeJame, Batchelor, West, Stuart, LaRoe, Hill and 10 to watch

 

 

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