R. Stephen Rubin, Andy Rubin
Chairman; CEO; Pentland Group Plc
2008 Rank: 69
Even though the Olympics were last year, swimming sensation Michael Phelps was still widely talked about — for better and for worse —through 2009, helping to keep Speedo, a brand under the Pentland umbrella, in the spotlight. A watery environment is providing yet another opportunity for the company. Stephen, 71, and Andy, 45, are once again seeing Hunter rain boots continue to build momentum even in a tough U.S. economy. And with a foothold in the apparel and footwear markets, the company launched its Berghaus line of rugged-inspired outerwear in the U.S. through outdoor specialty stores. Back home in the U.K., JD Sports Fashion, a retail chain of which Pentland is controlling stockholder, has expanded to about 500 units there and acquired French chain Chausport.
Power Player: Sonny Shar, president, Pentland USA
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