1. Howard D. Schultz
1. Howard D. Schultz
Founder and CEO, Starbucks

Since returning to Starbucks in 2008, Fortune's 2011 Businessperson of the Year has restored the iconic company he founded and taken it to new heights, posting record revenue and profits. Schultz distinguished himself in another way in 2011, taking steps to raise funds for job creation and to fight political dysfunction in Washington. The White House paid attention.


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