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Atlanta 500: Business

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on banking and finance, investments and private equity, private companies, public companies, retail, and technology.

An Atlanta-based app uses blockchain to make it easier for patients to access their health information

Atlanta-based app Patientory is trying to improve the global, multibillion-dollar health records system. Here's how it works.
Waffle House

Want to open a Waffle House franchise? Don’t hold your breath.

According to Bert Thornton, Waffle House’s vice chairman emeritus, the list of people trying to get into the WaHo biz is “very long and very distinguished.”
Richard Anderson

5. Richard Anderson

When Anderson took over at Delta Air Lines in 2007, the company had just emerged from bankruptcy. Since then, Delta has absorbed Northwest Airlines, scored the best on-time performance among major airlines, and earned record profits.
Thomas Fanning

6. Thomas Fanning

As president and CEO of Atlanta-based Southern Company, Fanning faces delays and cost overruns with two high-profile projects: the Plant Vogtle nuclear facility near Augusta and a coal gasification plant in Mississippi.
Muhtar Kent

11. Muhtar Kent

Muhtar Kent spent nearly four decades climbing the corporate ladder to become chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta’s signature business success story and the world’s most recognized brand.

Affordable Care Act to launch thousands of Georgia startups

Long known as a job mecca of the South, Atlanta will become even more attractive for young entrepreneurs this fall. A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest public health philanthropy in the United States, estimates that the Affordable Care Act will enable 56,000 Georgians to start businesses in 2014 who would not have otherwise done so.

NYSE coming to the ATL?

Mayor Hartsfield would be so proud. Atlanta-based "upstart" IntercontinentalExchange will purchase the New York Stock Exchange for $8.2 billion if everything passes muster. If it does, ICE will run the new company with one office still on Wall Street and another near the Hooch. NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer didn't pull any punches in a release to the staff of the (current) Manhattan headquarters, conceding that this "is an acquisition, not a merger of equals."

Come In, We’re Open: Entrepreneurs in a Recession

When you’re surrounded by overcrowded job fairs, foreclosures, failing banks, and layoffs, starting a business may sound like the last thing you should do. But many well-planned small businesses are more agile and better equipped to weather the economic storm than cumbersome bureaucratic corporations. Here, six start-ups share their stories.

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