CEO, Gawker Media, 46
A decade after he spearheaded an Internet revolution with his flagship blog, Gawker, Nick Denton continues to expand his empire while staying ahead of his competition by focusing as much on user interaction as on scoops, such as the site's expose last October of Michael Brutsch, the Reddit moderator who gained notoreity by posting sexually charged pictures of underage girls. This year, Denton is rolling out his new commenting system, Kinja, designed to turn users into full-fledged contributors on an equal footing with editors. He also plans to resurrect his former Silicon Valley gossip site, Valleywag -- adding a ninth site to his diverse blog universe.
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