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POTUS might be the ultimate global power player, but he also wields significant influence in the Republic of Sports. One relevant riff—on his NCAA tourney picks, on his desire for a college football playoff, on his concern over permitting the sons that he doesn't have to play football—and the sports world takes notice. Plus, the 51-year-old can shoot the J.
45 DANA WHITE
[TEAM/LEAGUE OWNER][LEAGUE GOVERNANCE][BROADCAST/MEDIA][50 & UNDER][SOCIAL SAVVY]
Lacking any kind of filter—what with his Twitter wars, foul language and long list of enemies—White is not your conventional exec. The 43-year-old is, however, president, kingmaker, promoter and authoritarian ruler of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a fast-growing, privately held sport valued around $2 billion. And if you don't like it, you can go to hell, you %#*$.
46 CINDY DAVIS
Nike Golf president
[WORLD POWER][COMMERCE][50 & UNDER]
By plucking Rory McIlroy from Titleist to partner with longtime swoosh frontman Tiger Woods, Davis gave herself a global one-two marketing punch. Sure, Nike trailed TaylorMade-Adidas, Titleist and Callaway in golf revenue in 2012, but the charismatic McIlroy (up to $250 million over 10 years) gives Nike Golf next-gen status and sets up Davis, 50, for years.
47 TOM CONDON