- TitlePresident and CEO
It’s not often that men will break the bank for shoes. But Nike’s Parker has managed to grow the world’s largest athletic gear company and up the 40-year-old brand’s cool factor by pumping out innovative designs, incorporating new social media tech, and launching exclusive artist collaborations (a sneaker co-designed by Kanye West sold on eBay for $90,300). Parker, who was a track all-star at Penn State University and started at Nike as a designer, has roughly doubled the company’s sales since he took over as CEO in 2006. This fall, he launched a new line for women, a category he says will add another $2 billion in sales by the end of 2017. —A.V.