Ahrendts has traveled a long way from her roots in New Palestine, Indiana. Now based in London, the former Liz Claiborne and Henri Bendel executive has led a resurgence at British
fashion brand Burberry, which she joined in 2006. Burberry's sales rose 26.7% over the past year, while profits soared by a cool 156%. In March the company reported opening 105 new
stores worldwide over the previous year, for a total of 417.