15. Michael Hasenstab

Portfolio manager, Franklin Templeton 
Age: 38 
Industry: Finance

From an unlikely perch outside San Francisco, the soft-spoken economics Ph.D. manages one of the largest bond and currency portfolios in the mutual fund world. Just this year investors have poured $12 billion -- yes, billion -- into Hasenstab's Templeton Global Bond Fund; since he started managing it a decade ago, Hasenstab has turned the fund into a $60 billion powerhouse with double-digit annual gains while making huge contrarian bets. (He hasn't owned a cent of the world's largest bond market -- U.S. debt -- for years.) 

Stress reliever: He recently climbed Denali. 

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