13. Miguel Southwell

Photograph by Fernando Decillis
Photograph by Fernando Decillis

Focus Business, Travel
Age 60
Running the world’s busiest airport is no mean feat. Southwell, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport since May 2014, must balance the sometimes competing interests of airlines, federal inspectors, and airport tenants—all while running a hub where 2,500 planes take off and land every day. ATL, which received a perfect score on its 2015 FAA inspection, is campaigning to attract more businesses like the Porsche HQ to the airport periphery.

Terminal takeover Southwell will soon oversee a $430 million overhaul of the airport’s domestic terminal and concourses.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.