MARGARET JACKSON Aussie Airline Executive
After her chief rival, Ansett, ceased operations last September, Qantas Airways chairman Jackson, 49, pulled international aircraft back to Australia and helped 110,000 stranded Ansett passengers fly for little or nothing. The goodwill was repaid: domestic earnings jumped nearly 60% this year. Qantas this month will issue more than $400 million in new stock to finance expansion of its fleet and launch a new leisure airline.
KEVIN TURNER Wal-Mart Wunderkind
Turner's first job at Wal-Mart: cashier, store No. 231, Ada, Okla. But he did not count pennies for long. At 29 he became the youngest...