President and Executive Creative Director, J. Crew, 44
Lyons’s two-decade climb to the top of J. Crew was well worth the wait. Her leadership ushered in consistent profit gains for the company last year, and the First Family’s fascination with her brand certainly can’t hurt. As carefree as she is quirky, the designer confirmed rumors of a same-sex relationship (à la Jodie Foster) when she publicly thanked jeweler Courtney Crangi at Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Awards.