OCCUPATION: Founder and principal of Relational Investors, LLC
NUMBER OF TIME COVERS: 0
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 0
PRO: Runs a $2.2 billion activist investment fund, overthrew Home Depot and tossed out its chief executive who had long been a target of criticism for his inflated compensation and the company's low stock price.
CON: Activist shareholders such as Whitworth are often dismissed as politically motivated or attention seeking.
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