The 100 Most Powerful People in Chicago

The 100 Most Powerful People in Chicago | Chicago magazine | February 2014

1. Rahm Emanuel
Mayor, City of Chicago
2. Mike Madigan
Speaker, Illinois House
3. J.B. Pritzker
Cofounder and managing partner, Pritzker Group
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4. Toni Preckwinkle
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners
5. Michael Sacks
Chairman and CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management
6. Rocky Wirtz
Co-owner, United Center; chairman, Chicago Blackhawks
7. Patricia Woertz
Chairman and CEO, Archer Daniels Midland
8. Sam Zell
Chairman, Equity Group Investments
9. Eric Lefkofsky
CEO, Groupon; cofounder, Lightbank
10. Theaster Gates
11. Jerry Reinsdorf
Chairman, Chicago Bulls and White Sox
12. Jeff Smisek
Chairman and CEO, United Continental Holdings
13. John Rogers Jr.
Founder, chairman, and CEO, Ariel Investments
14. Steve Koch
Deputy mayor, City of Chicago
15. Miles White
Chairman and CEO, Abbott Laboratories
16. Joe Mansueto
Founder, chairman, and CEO, Morningstar
17. Dick Durbin
U.S. senator
18. Lester Crown
Chairman, Henry Crown & Co.
19. Greg Wasson
CEO, Walgreen Co.
20. Jeanne Gang
Principal, Studio Gang Architects
21. Irene Rosenfeld
Chairman and CEO, Mondelēz International
22. Tom Pritzker
Executive chairman, Hyatt Hotels
23. Jay Cutler
Quarterback, Chicago Bears
24. David Spielfogel
Senior adviser to the mayor
25. Jim Delany
Commissioner, Big Ten Conference
26. John Canning Jr.
Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners
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27. Garry McCarthy
Superintendent, Chicago Police Department
28. Ken Griffin
Founder and CEO, Citadel Investments
29. Mellody Hobson
President, Ariel Investments
30. J. Christopher Reyes
Cochairman, Reyes Holdings
31. M. Jude Reyes
Cochairman, Reyes Holdings
32. Fred Eychaner
CEO, Newsweb Corp.
33. Paul Kahan
34. James McNerney Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Boeing
35. Brad Keywell
Cofounder and managing partner, Lightbank; cofounder, Groupon
36. Michelle Grabner
Artist; cocurator, Whitney Biennial
37. Bruce Rauner
GOP candidate for governor
38. Neil Bluhm
Chairman, Rush Street Gaming
39. Ed Burke
Alderman, 14th Ward
40. Karen Lewis
President, Chicago Teachers Union
41. Rick Bayless
Restaurateur; founder, Frontera Foods
42. Tracy Letts
Actor and playwright
43. Don Thompson
CEO, McDonald’s
44. Cardinal Francis George
Archbishop of Chicago
45. Richard Gonzalez
Chairman and CEO, AbbVie
46. David Axelrod
Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics
47. Veronica Roth
48. Tom Ricketts
Chairman and co-owner, Chicago Cubs
49. Douglas Druick
President, Art Institute of Chicago
50. Pat Quinn
Governor, State of Illinois
51. Patricia Hemingway Hall
CEO, Health Care Service Corp.
52. Lisa Madigan
Attorney General, State of Illinois
53. Frederick Waddell
Chairman and CEO, Northern Trust
54. Barbara Byrd-Bennett
CEO, Chicago Public Schools
55. James Crown
President, Henry Crown & Co.
56. Martin Nesbitt
Cofounder, Vistria Group
57. Robert Zimmer
President, University of Chicago
58. Bob Mariano
Chairman and CEO, Roundy’s
59. Sally Blount
Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern
60. Gail Boudreaux
CEO, UnitedHealthcare
61. Linda Johnson Rice
Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company
62. Martha Lavey
Artistic director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
63. Grant Achatz
Chef-owner, Alinea, Aviary, Next
64. John Cullerton
President, Illinois Senate
65. James Reynolds Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Loop Capital Markets
66. Matt Hynes
Director, Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs, City of Chicago
67. Byron Trott
Founder, chairman, and CEO, BDT Capital Partners
68. Robert Falls
Artistic director, Goodman Theatre
69. Dan Webb
Chairman, Winston & Strawn
70. Michelle Boone
Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago
71. James Heckman
Professor of economics, University of Chicago
72. Greg Goldner
CEO, Resolute Consulting
73. Christopher Kennedy
Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises
74. Jorge Ramirez
President, Chicago Federation of Labor
75. Jeff Tweedy
76. Robert Clifford
Founder and principal partner, Clifford Law Offices
77.  Robert Gallucci
President, MacArthur Foundation
78. Terry Duffy
Executive chairman, CME Group
79. James Franczek
Attorney, Franczek Radelet
80. Joanne Smith
CEO, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
81. Tom Wilson
Chairman and CEO, Allstate
82. Michael Kasper
Lobbyist and attorney, Fletcher, O’Brien, Kasper & Nottage
83. Thomas Cole
Partner, Sidley Austin
84. Dan McCaffery
Chairman and CEO, McCaffery Interests
85 Gigi Pritzker
Founder and CEO, OddLot Entertainment
86. Luis Gutiérrez
U.S. representative
87. Christopher Crane
CEO, Exelon
88. Martin Cabrera Jr.
Founder and CEO, Cabrera Capital Markets
89. Howard
Venture capitalist
90. Patrick Fitzgerald
Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
91. Joe Berrios
Assessor, Cook County
92. Otis Moss III
Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ
93. Elaine Nekritz
State representative, 57th District
94. Mike Reed
Founder and owner, Constellation
95. Mark Walter
CEO, Guggenheim Partners
96. Richard Posner
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
97. Gerould Kern
Senior vice president and editor, Chicago Tribune
98. Tavi Gevinson
Founder and editor in chief, Rookie
99. Matt Matros
Founder and CEO, Protein Bar
100. Theo Epstein
President of baseball operations, Chicago Cubs

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