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Keith Parker

10. Keith Parker

In less than three years, Parker has transformed MARTA from a dysfunctional organization headed toward privatization into a well-run transit system that has fixed its budget woes and expanded into Clayton County.
Russ Hardin

8. Russ Hardin

The private Woodruff Foundation is by far the most generous nonprofit patron in Georgia. Foundation president Hardin controls nearly $3 billion in assets that bolster the region’s most vital public institutions.
Egbert Perry

15. Egbert Perry

Over the past two decades, few people have shaped Atlanta’s built environment more than Egbert Perry, a protégé of the late construction titan Herman J. Russell.

34. G.P. “Bud” Peterson

Georgia Tech’s 11th president oversees 21,500 students and $730 million in research expenditures—for which he is the highest-paid public college president in Georgia, with an annual salary of just over $1 million.
Raphael Warnock

51. Raphael Warnock

As senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the rousing orator preaches from the pulpit the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once occupied and holds an influential position in one of Atlanta’s most important black churches.
Martin Flanagan

24. Martin Flanagan

For the past decade, Flanagan has run Atlanta-based money management firm Invesco. With more than 6,000 employees, Flanagan’s operation last year oversaw nearly $800 billion in assets for clients in more than 150 different countries
Mark Toro

48. Mark Toro

As managing partner at North American Properties, Toro has a reputation as a developer who sets ambitious targets and hits them.
Tim Lee

17. Tim Lee

A marketing consultant who began his political career in 2002 as Cobb County commissioner, Lee is now known across Georgia as the man who stole the Braves from Atlanta.
Killer Mike

55. Michael Render (aka Killer Mike)

Since hitting the hip-hop scene in 2000 as a regular Outkast contributor, Render has put out five studio albums and become an outspoken proponent of criminal justice and prison reform.
Russell McMurry

49. Russell McMurry

McMurry started at the Georgia Department of Transportation as an engineering trainee in 1990. His climb culminated this past January when he was elected commissioner, in charge of the department’s 4,100 employees and $2 billion budget.

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