5. James A. Skinner
5. James A. Skinner
Vice Chairman and CEO, McDonald's

McDonald's has been killing it since Skinner took over in 2004, with 5% annual revenue growth, steadily rising same-store sales, and 250% total stock appreciation. The company has successfully introduced healthier menu options like smoothies and wraps, and is challenging Starbucks with its McCafé coffee ­selection. And it continues to create those McJobs in a down economy, including an April ­hiring spurt that added 62,000 new employees.


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