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Arthur Blank

3. Arthur Blank

The Home Depot cofounder still ranks on the 2015 Forbes billionaires list (number 737), but he’s better known these days as owner of the Atlanta Falcons and the city’s new MLS team, Atlanta United FC.
Michael Phillips

18. Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips honed his talent for developing sophisticated mixed-use projects during a 20-year, globe-spanning career in real estate.
Hala Moddelmog

41. Hala Moddelmog

The former president of both Church’s Chicken and Arby’s Restaurant Group, Moddelmog became the first female president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber in January 2014.
James Wagner

40. James Wagner

The president of Emory University since 2003 and an engineer by training, Wagner serves on the board at the Carter Center and in 2009 was appointed by Obama as vice chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
Steve Koonin

36. Steve Koonin

A former Coca-Cola and Turner Broadcasting exec—who recruited Conan O’Brien to TBS—Koonin became CEO and part owner of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena in 2014.
Alicia Philipp

9. Alicia Philipp

Since Philipp became executive director of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 1977, the grant-making organization has seen its assets grow from $7 million to nearly $1 billion.
Mark Becker

12. Mark Becker

Since Becker took over as president of Georgia State University in 2009, the graduation rate has risen by 10 percent and the school has set records for enrollment and total number of graduates.
Virginia Hepner

53. Virginia Hepner

The president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, along with an 18-member governing board, oversees facilities and budgets for the city’s three top-tier arts organizations: the High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Bernie Marcus

29. Bernie Marcus

After being fired in 1978 from a home improvement store, Marcus wasted no time in launching an idea for a new retail model. Over the following decades, he and business partner Arthur Blank expanded the Home Depot to more than 1,800 stores in all 50 states.
Tyler Perry

25. Tyler Perry

Born into poverty in New Orleans, the media and entertainment mogul took inspiration from Oprah’s advice to keep a diary of his thoughts. He turned those early missives into a hit musical, propelling him toward success

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