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FN's 2012 Power 100

Find out who holds the power and how they're using it.

It's about power and the powers that be.

In 2012, the footwear industry was defined by the dominant figures that led with a steady hand and by the economic forces that influenced their decisions.

Footwear News’ annual ranking — in a reimagined, faster-to-read format — has its share of winning feats, such as major acquisitions and global expansion, and a few flops, including athlete scandals, legal tussles and folded labels. Some people rose on the list due to savvy business moves and a deft read on market trends. Others fell victim to Europe’s economic woes and sourcing troubles in China. And some names from prior years are absent, either because they stepped down from their posts or their businesses were bought.

To measure the true market power of those in the industry, FN editors pored over sales and earnings data, line launches, store openings, advertising campaigns and star-studded collaborations. Also taken into account was how much clout brands and designers have with consumers.

Read on to find out who holds the power and how they’re using it.

  • 01

    Blake Nordstrom, 52; Pete Nordstrom, 50

  • 02

    Phil Knight, 74; Mark Parker, 57

  • 03

    Christian Louboutin, 49

  • 04

    Ken Hicks, 59

  • 05

    Terry Lundgren, 60

  • 06

    Diane Sullivan, 57

  • 07

    Wesley Card, 64; Richard Dickson, 43; Stefani Greenfield, 45

  • 08

    Herbert Hainer, 58

  • 09

    Steve Madden, 55; Ed Rosenfeld, 36

  • 10

    Blake Krueger, 58

  • 11

    Jeff Bezos, 48; Tony Hsieh, 38

  • 12

    Manolo Blahnik, 69; George Malkemus, 58

  • 13

    Vince Camuto, 76

  • 14

    Jim Davis, 69; Rob DeMartini, 51

  • 15

    Eric Wiseman, 56

  • 16

    Robert Greenberg, 70; Michael Greenberg, 49

  • 17

    Mike Duke, 62

  • 18

    Karen Katz, 55

  • 19

    Stephen Sadove, 61; Ron Frasch, 63

  • 20

    Reinhard Mieck, 45

  • 21

    Bob Dennis, 58

  • 22

    Diego Della Valle, 58

  • 23

    François-Henri Pinault, 50; Franz Koch, 33

  • 24

    Giuseppe Zanotti, 55

  • 25

    Neil Cole, 55

  • 26

    Glenn Lyon, 62

  • 27

    Michael MacDonald, 61; Debbie Ferrée, 59

  • 28

    Miuccia Prada, 63

  • 29

    Angel Martinez, 57

  • 30

    Stuart Weitzman, 71

  • 31

    Kevin Mansell, 59

  • 32

    Mark Lee, 49

  • 33

    Gregg Steinhafel, 57

  • 34

    Mindy Grossman, 55

  • 35

    Marc Jacobs, 49

  • 36

    Kenneth Cole, 58; Paul Blum, 52

  • 37

    Rick Darling, 59

  • 38

    Nicholas Kirkwood, 32

  • 39

    Bob Campbell, 75

  • 40

    Pierre Hardy, 55

  • 41

    Kevin Wulff, 61

  • 42

    Jim Issler, 64

  • 43

    Mike George, 51

  • 44

    Lew Frankfort, 66; Reed Krakoff, 48

  • 45

    Michael Kors, 53

  • 46

    Aldo Bensadoun, 73

  • 47

    Ron Johnson, 54

  • 48

    Carol Meyrowitz, 58

  • 49

    Peter Harris, 49

  • 50

    Bob Goldman, 70

  • 51

    Tarek Hassan, 42; Sam Hassan, 62

  • 52

    Daniel Schwartz, 59

  • 53

    Marc Fisher, 54

  • 54

    R. Stephen Rubin, 74; Andy Rubin, 47

  • 55

    Ralph Lauren, 73

  • 56

    Massimo Ferragamo, 55; Vincent Ottomanelli, 46

  • 57

    Charlotte Olympia Dellal, 31

  • 58

    Blake Mycoskie, 36

  • 59

    Danny Wasserman, 65

  • 60

    Edward Stack, 57

  • 61

    John Varvatos, 57

  • 62

    Tim Belk, 57

  • 63

    Millard “Mickey” Drexler, 68

  • 64

    Kevin Plank, 40

  • 65

    Bonnie Brooks, 59

  • 66

    Isack Fadlon, 47

  • 67

    Jack Silvera, 69

  • 68

    Jim Salzano, 50

  • 69

    Jules Schneider, 61

  • 70

    Jill Layfield, 37

  • 71

    Karl-Johan Persson, 37

  • 72

    Tim Boyle, 63

  • 73

    Jim Weber, 52

  • 74

    Peter Hanig, 64

  • 75

    Ezra Dabah, 59

  • 76

    Mario Polegato, 60

  • 77

    John McCarvel, 55

  • 78

    William Dillard, 67

  • 79

    Paul Jones, 51

  • 80

    Joe Ouaknine, 59

  • 81

    Mandy Cabot, 58

  • 82

    Steven Nichols, 70

  • 83

    Johann Rupert, 62; Natalie Massenet, 47

  • 84

    Dennis Lazar, 64

  • 85

    Marcia Kilgore, 44

  • 86

    Tabitha Simmons

  • 87

    Alexandre Birman, 35

  • 88

    Mark Weber, 62

  • 89

    Rick Cytrynbaum, 38

  • 90

    Matt Joyce, 55

  • 91

    Michael Katz, 61

  • 92

    Glenn Murphy, 50

  • 93

    Tom Florsheim Jr., 54; John Florsheim, 49

  • 94

    Federico Marchetti, 43

  • 95

    Gene Yoon, 66; Jon Epstein, 57

  • 96

    Nick Robertson, 44

  • 97

    Rebecca Minkoff, 31; Uri Minkoff, 37

  • 98

    Pierre-André Senizergues, 49

  • 99

    Donald Pliner, 69, Noel Hord, 65

  • 100

    David Zaken, 58