#9: Alain Bouchard
Founder, Alimentation Couche-Tard
Why he matters: Conquered the world, one convenience store at a time
Alain Bouchard stepped down as President and CEO last year from the company he founded, but Couche-Tard is still growing, thanks to his blueprint for global acquisition. The Quebec-based firm now controls a network of nearly 15,000 convenience stores across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Bouchard remains executive chairman of the board, a dominant shareholder and a trusted advisor to new CEO Brian Hannasch.