Oct
08

The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2012

Welcome to Fast Company’s annual celebration of business innovators who dare to think differently. They’re the ones taking risks and discovering surprising new solutions to old problems. This year, they tell you exactly how they do what they do.  To find advice and read about their career milestones go to the Fast Company website and click on their name on their list .
  • 01

    Ma Jun

    Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs

  • 02

    Rebecca Van Dyck

    Head of Consumer Marketing, Facebook

  • 03

    Adam Brotman

    Chief Digital Officer, Starbucks

  • 04

    Ron Johnson

    CEO, JCPenney

  • 05

    CeeLo Green

    Entertainer

  • 06

    Leslie Berland

    SVP, Digital Partnerships and Development, American Express

  • 07

    Stefan Olander

    VP, Digital Sport, Nike

  • 08

    Ben Horowitz

    Cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz

  • 09

    Garet Hil

    Founder, National Kidney Registry

  • 10

    Maelle Gavet

    CEO, Ozon Holdings

  • 11

    Jeremy Heimans

    Founder, Purpose

  • 12

    Rosario Dawson & Maria Teresa Kumar

    Founders, Voto Latino

  • 13

    Marci Harris

    Founder, Popvox

  • 14

    Steven Zeitels

    Director, MGH’s Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation

  • 15

    Roy Price

    Director, Amazon Studios

  • 16

    Laura Mather

    Cofounder, Chief Strategy Officer, Silver Tail Systems

  • 17

    Jessica Alba

    Cofounder, The Honest Company

  • 18

    Michael Karnjanaprakorn

    Founder, Skillshare

  • 19

    Anka Mulder

    President, OpenCourseWare Consortium

  • 20

    Steve Lee

    Product Management Director, Google [X]

  • 21

    Claire Diaz-Ortiz

    Manager of Social Innovation, Twitter

  • 22

    Matthew Schmidt

    Assistant Professor, Political Science, School of Advanced Military Studies

  • 23

    Sarah Robb O’Hagan

    President, Gatorade

  • 24

    Miriah Meyer

    Computer Scientist, University of Utah

  • 25

    Janet Iwasa

    Molecular Animator, Harvard University

  • 26

    Nina Tandon

    Research Scientist, Columbia University

  • 27

    Andrew Yang

    Founder, Venture For America

  • 28

    Wes Anderson

    Director, Moonrise Kingdom

  • 29

    Ben Smith

    Editor, BuzzFeed

  • 30

    Leila Takayama

    Research Scientist, Willow Garage

  • 31

    Kin Ying Lee

    Head Designer, Madewell

  • 32

    Marvin Ammori

    Lawyer, The Ammori Group

  • 33

    Ken Parks

    Chief Content Officer, Spotify

  • 34

    Diébédo Francis Kéré

    Architect, Kéré Architecture

  • 35

    Jeff Charney

    CMO, Progressive Insurance

  • 36

    Björk

    Musician

  • 37

    Abanti Sankaranarayanan

    Deputy Managing Director for India, Diageo

  • 38

    Yael Cohen

    Founder, Fuck Cancer

  • 39

    Tim Schafer

    Founder, Double Fine Productions

  • 40

    Andrew Wilson

    Executive Vice President, EA Sports

  • 41

    Chelsea Howe

    Director of Design, SuperBetter Labs

  • 42

    Leah Busque

    Founder, TaskRabbit

  • 43

    Jimmy Smith

    Chairman, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, Amusement Park Entertainment

  • 44

    Deborah Borda

    CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic

  • 45

    Bruktawit Tigabu

    Founder and Director, Whiz Kids Workshop

  • 46

    Ross Martin

    Executive VP, MTV Scratch

  • 47

    Masashi Kawamura

    Cofounder, Creative Director, Party

  • 48

    Lourenço Bustani

    Founder, CEO, Mandalah

  • 49

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Host, PBS’s “Cosmos” and Radio Show “StarTalk”

  • 50

    Bradford Shellhammer

    Cofounder, Chief Creative Officer, Fab

  • 51

    Maria Popova

    Editor, BrainPickings.org

  • 52

    Eddie Opara

    Partner, Pentagram

  • 53

    Anand Rajaraman & Venky Harinarayan

    Coheads, WalmartLabs

  • 54

    Flavio Pripas & Renato Steinberg

    Cofounders, Fashion.me

  • 55

    Thomas Tull

    Founder, Chairman, CEO, Legendary Entertainment

  • 56

    Rachael Chong

    Founder, CEO, Catchafire

  • 57

    Cyrus Massoumi

    Cofounder, CEO, ZocDoc

  • 58

    T.J. Miller

    Actor, Comedian

  • 59

    Julie Klausner

    Comedy Writer

  • 60

    Steve Porter

    Viral Video Producer

  • 61

    Robin Guenther

    Principal, Perkins + Will

  • 62

    Ron J. Williams

    CEO, Cofounder, Knodes

  • 63

    Shara Senderoff

    Cofounder, CEO, Intern Sushi

  • 64

    Tony Haile

    CEO, Chartbeat

  • 65

    Olajide Williams

    Founder, President, Hip Hop Public Health

  • 66

    Danny Trinh

    Designer, Path

  • 67

    Lee Linden

    Cofounder, CEO, Karma

  • 68

    Andrew Hsu

    Founder, Airy Labs

  • 69

    Nadine Chahine

    Type Designer, Linotype, Monotype Imaging

  • 70

    Ren Ng

    Founder, CEO, Lytro

  • 71

    Glenn Rink

    Founder, AbTech Industries

  • 72

    Jared Leto

    Entrepreneur/Musician

  • 73

    Hannah Choi Granade

    President, Advantix Systems U.S.A.

  • 74

    Shaquille O’Neal

    Analyst, NBA on TNT/NBATV

  • 75

    Ethan Marcotte

    Freelance Web Designer

  • 76

    Mike Simonian & Maaike Evers

    Designers, Mike and Maaike

  • 77

    Alex Rainert

    Head of Product, Foursquare

  • 78

    Aslaug Magnusdottir

    Cofounder, CEO, Moda Operandi

  • 79

    Rick Barrack

    Chief Creative Officer, CBX

  • 80

    Rachel Shechtman

    Founder, Story

  • 81

    Jeff Fong

    Design Lead for Windows Phone, Microsoft

  • 82

    Cindy Au

    Community Director, Kickstarter

  • 83

    Chris Milk

    Director/Artist

  • 84

    Elvis Chau

    Executive Creative Director, JWT Shanghai

  • 85

    Greg Gunn

    Entrepreneur in Residence, City Light Capital

  • 86

    Sam Mogannam

    Owner, Bi-Rite Market

  • 87

    Aziz Ansari

    Comedian, Actor

  • 88

    Rufus Griscom

    Cofounder, General Manager, Babble Media

  • 89

    Vivi Zigler

    President, Digital Entertainment, NBCUniversal

  • 90

    Marcus Samuelsson

    Chef, Owner, Red Rooster

  • 91

    Kibwe Tavares

    Cofounder, Factory Fifteen

  • 92

    Neil Blumenthal

    Cofounder, Warby Parker

  • 93

    Pamela Love

    Founder, Pamela Love N.Y.C.

  • 94

    Jerri Chou

    Founder, The Feast Social Innovation Conference

  • 95

    Carrie Brownstein

    Writer, Actor, Portlandia

  • 96

    Tal Dehtiar

    Founder, Oliberte Footwear

  • 97

    Carla Schmitzberger

    President, Havaianas

  • 98

    Edwin Neo

    Founding Partner, Ed Et Al Shoemakers

  • 99

    Celestine Maddy

    Founder, Wilder

  • 100

    Sally Grimes

    Global Vice President, Sharpie

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