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2. Jeff Bezos, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Amazon.com Inc.
Amazon is on the cusp of expanding its fashion reach in a major way, which means the e-tail giant Jeff Bezos founded in 1994 might soon exceed the 37 percent of domestic mobile commerce it already commands. In October, Amazon said it leased a 40,000-square-foot space in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, serving as a photography studio for Amazon Fashion, which also owns Shopbop and MyHabit, and opening next spring. The Web site, currently the leader for market share and innovation among its peers, contends that fashion is its most rapidly growing business. In the third quarter ended Sept. 30, Amazon posted a net loss of $274 million versus a year-ago profit of $63 million, as the company continued to invest heavily in infrastructure like warehouses. Net sales for the quarter totaled $13.81 billion versus $10.88 billion a year ago.