2014 Hot 20: The Bay Area's Top Movers and Shakers


Each October, we're presented with the biggest quandary of the year: Narrowing down the Bay Area's abundance of stellar luminaries to an exclusive selection of trailblazers for our annual Hot 20 list. After weeks of review and all-out debate among our editors, this year's round-up comprises the most energizing influencers of our time. You'll meet a pioneer of electric cars, a branding prophet, a major league all-star, and a Stanford dropout-turned-biotech virtuoso. Best of all, there's more awesomeness where these came from. See them all below.

Elon Musk, the Visionary
Angela Ahrendts, the Retail Genius
Matt Semmelhack + Mark Liberman, the Place Makers
Cheryl Haines, the Art Scout
Chaz Bundick, the Music Man
Debbie Sterling, the Barbie Challenger
Divya Nag, the Prodigy
Elizabeth Holmes, the Expediter
Sophia Amoruso, the Girl Boss
Tony Fadell, the Gadgeteer
Hunter Pence, the Power Hitter
Gary Friedman, the Dreamer
Kevin Sessums, the Scribe
Josh Tetrick, the Food Scientist
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, the Philanthropist 2.0
Leila Janah, the Equalizer
Carlos Watson, the Broadcaster
Thao Nguyen, the Voice
Open Gov Founders, the Reformers
Erich Pearson, the Modern Farmer
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