17. Ralph Lauren
17. Ralph Lauren
Chairman and CEO, Ralph Lauren Corp.

The luxury-apparel powerhouse that Ralph Lifshitz founded has had a great year, increasing sales 18.1% and profits 20.5%. Prospects seem bright for its pursuit of the Asian luxury market. Ralph Lauren's international sales have grown at an annual average of 16% for the past five years. This year the company also saw impressive growth in online sales and the successful launch of Denim & Supply, a new casual line aimed at younger shoppers.


By Richard McGill Murphy, contributor - Last updated November 17 2011: 5:58 PM ET