Affiliation: Foot Locker CEO

Ken Hicks has been the president and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. since 2009. He also took over as chairman of the board in 2010. In short, he runs one of the most profitable companies in sneakers and since his arrival in 2009, Foot Locker has performed exponentially better—numbers don't lie. Foot Locker, Inc. owns Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, Eastbay, CCS and then some. Bottom line: He's a boss of the sneaker world and anyone on this list would answer the phone if he showed up on their caller ID.