JULIE RICHARDSON Buyout Banker
To be a star investment banker would be a career-capping accomplishment for many. But that's just where Richardson, 40, got going. She recently left J.P. Morgan Chase, where she helped direct Comcast's acquisition of AT&T; Broadband, to join buyout specialists Providence Equity Partners. Her main mandate is to spot deals on media and communications assets for the Rhode Island-based firm to scoop up. She will also help acquired firms accomplish their business plans.
DOMENICO SCALA Agrochemicals Advocate
As a top executive at the Swiss health-care company Roche, Scala, 38, hasn't had much time to pursue his hobby--scuba...