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Every year Fortune Magazine puts together a list of the top business people of the year. In 2011 top honors went to a leader who has combined record returns with political activism. From social media IPOs to natural gas plays to cloud computing launches, it's been a tumultuous year at the summit of the business world. From the euro mess to the Occupy Wall Street movement to the U.S. unemployment crisis, 2011 was the kind of year that tests leaders. When Fortune set out to pick a Businessperson of the Year (and 49 runners-up), great stories were easy to find. Facebook doubled its revenue the year its CEO turned 27. Jim Skinner of McDonald's boosted profitability despite rising commodity food costs. Ralph Lauren sold Chinese consumers on his vision of old-school American glamour. Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Andrew Mason of Groupon took their social networks public. But it was Howard Schultz of Starbucks who rose to the top of their list.

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Howard Shultz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Howard Shultz Founder and CEO Starbucks

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Jeffery P. Bezos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Jeffery P. Bezos Founder and CEO of Amazon

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John S. Watson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
John S. Watson age 61 - Chairman and CEO of Chevron

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Reid Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Reid Hoffman age 48 - Founder and Chairman Linkedin, Partner Greylock

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James A. Skinner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
James A. Skinner Vice Chairman and CEO of McDonald's

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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Mark Zuckerberg age 32 - Founder and CEO of Facebook

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Irene Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Irene Rosenfeld age 63 - Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods

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Timothy E. Cook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Timothy E. Cook Died at 52 (1954-2006) - CEO of Apple

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Muhtar Kent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Muhtar Kent age 63 - President and CEO of Coca-Cola

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Samuel J. Palmisano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Samuel J. Palmisano age 64 - Chairman and CEO of IBM

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Ajay Banga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Ajay Banga age 57 - President and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide

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Robin Li is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Robin Li age 48 - Co-Founder and CEO of Baidu

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Gregory R. Page is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Gregory R. Page age 63 - Chairman and CEO of Cargill

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Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Larry Page age 44 - Co-Founder and CEO of Google

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Peter Voser is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Peter Voser age 58 - CEO Of Royal Dutch Shell

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Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Warren Buffett age 86 - CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Ralph Lauren age 77 - Chairman and CEO of Ralph Lauren Corp.

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Yuri Milner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Yuri Milner age 54 - Founding Partner and CEO of Digital Sky Technologies

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James D. Sinegal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
James D. Sinegal Co-Founder and CEO of Costco

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Paul E. Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Paul E. Jacobs age 53 - Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm

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Mark Donegan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Mark Donegan Chairman and CEO of Precision Castparts

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John P. Mackey and Walter E. R... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
John P. Mackey and Walter E. Robb Co-CEO's of Whole Foods Market

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Christine Mccormick Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Christine Day CEO of Lululemon Athletica

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Andrew Mason is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Andrew Mason age 37 - Founder and CEO of Groupon

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Jeffrey Bewkes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Jeffrey Bewkes age 64 - Chairman and CEO of Time Warner

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Fabrizio Freda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Fabrizio Freda age 58 - President and CEO of Estee Lauder Cos.

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Paul Otellini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Paul Otellini age 66 - President and CEO of Intel

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Rex W. Tillerson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Rex W. Tillerson age 65 - Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil

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Mike Duke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Mike Duke age 66 - President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores

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James Rogers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
James Rogers Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy

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Carol Meyrowitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Carol Meyrowitz age 61 - CEO of TJX Cos.

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Bob Sasser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Bob Sasser President and CEO of Dollar Tree

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Ray Dalio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Ray Dalio age 68 - Founder of Bridgewater Associates

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Mark Pincus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Mark Pincus age 49 - Founder and CEO of Zynga

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Fu Chengyu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Fu Chengyu Chairman of Sinopec

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Robert F Moran is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Robert F Moran President and CEO of Petsmart

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Michael Jackson Died at 51 (1958-2009) - Chairman and CEO of Autonation

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Michael White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Michael White Chairman and CEO of DirectTV

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Angela Ahrendts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Angela Ahrendts age 56 - CEO of Burberry

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Brian L. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Brian L. Roberts age 57 - Chairman and CEO of Comcast

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Michael B. Mccallister is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Michael B. Mccallister Chairman and CEO of Humana

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Jim Davidson and Glenn Hutchin... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Jim Davidson and Glenn Hutchins Co-CEOs of Silver Lake

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Satoshi Miura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Satoshi Miura age 71 - President and CEO of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

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Charles W. Moorman IV is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Charles W. Moorman IV Chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern

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Paul Bulcke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Paul Bulcke age 61 - CEO of Nestle

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Lawrence J. Ellison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Lawrence J. Ellison Co-Founder and CEO of Oracle

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Douglas R Oberhelman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Douglas R Oberhelman age 62 - Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar

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Kenneth I. Chenault is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Kenneth I. Chenault age 65 - Chairman and CEO of American Express

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Carlos Ghosn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Carlos Ghosn age 63 - Chairman and CEO of Nissan Motor

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Jose Sergio Gabrielli De Azeve... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fortune Magazine's 2011 Business Person Of The Year
Jose Sergio Gabrielli De Azevedo CEO of Petrobras