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Mickey Drexler

Mickey Drexler

CEO, J.Crew

Bronx native Mickey Drexler has spent his entire career in retail. The "merchant prince" is credited with turning around Ann Taylor and Gap's massive expansion in the '90s. At J. Crew, he's successfully turned the mid-priced preppy clothing line into a more upscale global brand.

Everything has a trend to it; I don't care if it's appliances or engines. I always ask: What has a company done in the past five years that somebody's noticed?