Interesting that Seattle companies took the top two slots in Fortune's list of 50 movers and shakers. Howard Schultz of Starbucks, who the magazine estimates is now worth $2 billion, got the nod for reviving the company and "taking steps to raise funds for job creation and to fight political dysfunction in Washington." According to the magazine, President Barak Obama called Schultz for advice on how to create more jobs.
Jeff Bezos of Amazon took second for having a "blowout year, capped by the recent release of the Kindle Fire." The magazine also pointed to Amazon's success in cloud computing, which we covered here in 2009.
Also on the list was Jim Sinegal, the co-founder of Costco, a company that Fortune says "handily outperformed big competitors like Sam's Club, generating sharply higher revenues per square foot.