OCCUPATION: Fashion designer
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PRO: The former Gucci guru has retained his upscale industry cred he won last year's CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award while expanding his retail empire around the globe. If we may quote from fashion blogger Kanye West, "IS IT ME OR DO TOM FORD SUNGLASSES RULE THE WORLD?"
CON: The way the economy's heading, some of Ford's higher-priced items could be a tough sell.