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15. Kevin Plank
Founder and CEO, Under Armour
Age: 37
Marital status: Married
Highest Education: Bachelor's degree

Tired of shapeless athletic wear that kept him damp under his uniform, the former University of Maryland football player came up with a stretchy, snug-fitting alternative. The resulting performance T-shirts cornered what's now a $1 billion performance underwear market.

Under Armour had revenues of $725 million last year; its logo has become ubiquitous in gyms and high schools and on the street. Now Plank has his eye on Nike and the $5 billion running-shoe market.

Taking one for the team: Last year Plank cut his salary from $500,000 to $26,000 after the company missed its sales goals.

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Last updated March 26 2010: 10:26 AM ET
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