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They’re players and agents, team owners and financiers. They’re innovators quietly changing the way sports are delivered, and activists using their high-profile platforms to work for social change. The world of sports is big and creative and constantly changing. Here are the men and women who run it.

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MARY WITTENBERG

Global CEO, Virgin Sport
49

RUSSELL OKUNG

Left Tackle, Los Angeles Chargers
48

CASEY WASSERMAN

Chairman & CEO, Wasserman
47

GIANCARLO STANTON

Outfielder, New York Yankees
46

BILL SIMMONS

CEO, The Ringer
45

CRISTIANO RONALDO

Forward, Real Madrid
44

SERENA WILLIAMS

Tennis Star
43

DAVID SHOEMAKER

CEO, NBA China
42

MARTIN LAU

President, Tencent Holdings
41

LISA BORDERS

President, WNBA
40

LARRY ELLISON

Cofounder, CTO & Executive 
Chairman, Oracle
39

GABE NEWELL

Cofounder, Valve
38

LAURENE POWELL JOBS

Philanthropist & Investor
37

ANTHONY DI SANTI

Global Head of Sports Finance & Advisory, Citi
36

CHASE CAREY

Chairman & CEO, Formula One Group
35

JORGE MENDES

Agent, Gestifute
34

BRYAN FOGEL

Director, Icarus
33

MICHELE ROBERTS

Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association
32

TOM COX

Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase
31

KEVIN PLANK

Chairman & CEO, Under Armour
30

JOHN HENRY

Owner, Fenway Sports Group
29

ANDREW WILSON

CEO, Electronic Arts
28

DON GARBER

Commissioner, Major League Soccer
27

STAN KROENKE

Owner, Kroenke Sports
26

LOWELL MCADAM

Chairman & CEO, Verizon
25

DEREK JETER

Founder, the Players’ Tribune, CEO, Miami Marlins
24

PETER RICE

President, 21st Century Fox, Chairman & CEO, Fox Networks Group
23

JILL SMOLLER

Senior VP, William Morris Endeavor
22

COLIN KAEPERNICK

Free Agent, NFL
21

STACY SONNENBERG

Managing Director, Public Sector & Infrastructure, Global Sports
Finance, Goldman Sachs
20

BOB KRAFT

Chairman & CEO, The Kraft Group
19

TED LEONSIS

Owner & CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
18

NASSER BIN GHANIM AL-KHELAÏFI

Chairman, Oryx Qatar Sports Investment, Chairman & CEO, beIN Media Group
17

GIANNI INFANTINO

President, FIFA
16

PHILIP ANSCHUTZ

Chairman & CEO, Anschutz 
Entertainment Group
15

MARK PARKER

Chairman, President & CEO, Nike
14

ALY RAISMAN

Gold Medal–Winning Gymnast, Team USA
13

GARY BETTMAN

Commissioner, National Hockey League
12

GREG CAREY

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
11

MARK LAZARUS

Chairman, NBC Broadcasting & Sports, NBCUniversal
10

MICHAEL LEVINE & HOWARD NUCHOW

Coheads, CAA Sports
9

MARK EMMERT

President, National Collegiate 
Athletic Association
8

DAVID LEVY

President, Turner Broadcasting
7

ARI EMANUEL

CEO, Endeavor
6

MALCOLM JENKINS

Safety, Philadelphia Eagles
5

PETER GUBER

Chairman, NextVR, Chairman & CEO, Mandalay Entertainment
4

THOMAS BACH

President, International Olympic Committee
3

ADAM SILVER

Commissioner, National Basketball Association
2

ROBERT MANFRED

Commissioner, Major League Baseball
1

ROGER GOODELL

Commissioner, National Football League
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