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Most Influential: Bill Gates Sr.

Most Influential: Bill Gates Sr.

William H. Gates Sr. is the Yes on 1098 Campaign Spokesman and co-chair for The Bill and Melinda Gat

As if working to eradicate polio weren’t enough, Bill Gates Sr. has, in his mid-80s, ventured forth and not only approached, but actively embraced, the so-called third rail of Washington state politics: the income tax. This is in addition to his co-chairmanship of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and his active involvement in numerous…

Most Influential: Ones to Watch

Seattleites whose actions are soon likely to affect our city and our daily lives

Common SenseShe had been in office only a few months when Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw earned a citywide high-five for seeking to delay a proposed (and controversial) Dale Chihuly museum project at the Seattle Center. Convincing the center that it should at least entertain other proposals for how to use the former Fun…

Most Influential: Founder Kim O’Donnel

Kim O'Donnel is not only a writer, but the founder of Canning Across America

“It was like spontaneous combustion.” That’s how Kim O’Donnel describes the response to her off-the-cuff Twitter suggestion that maybe there should be a national day dedicated to canning. O’Donnel, a former Washington Post food writer who moved to Seattle two years ago (and who at the time of her Twitter post had canned only once…

The Most Influential of 2010

The Most Influential of 2010

From the arts to sports, from high tech to low profile, we single out those who had an impact on our

Publishing a list of the region’s most influential people is an exercise that obviously invites response. And we welcome it. Ultimately, we hope this list provides insight and context to what was happening all around us this year. We try to recognize people and organizations across as many disciplines as possible, thus ensuring a broad…

Most Influential: Real Change’s Tim Harris

People person Tim Harris is Executive Director of Real Change newspaper

Tim Harris is a people person. “I think that people are sacred,” he says. “When I see people being dehumanized, it pisses me off and makes me want to do something about it.” He founded Seattle’s Real Change newspaper in 1994 to advocate for low-income individuals and provide job opportunities by recruiting them to sell…

Most Influential: F5 Networks CEO John McAdam

Most Influential: F5 Networks CEO John McAdam

CEO John McAdams web traffics F5 Networks from shambles to fortune

When John McAdam became CEO of F5 Networks 10 years ago, the company was in shambles. Demand for its product, which helped manage Web traffic, plummeted after the dotcom bust, and its share price, which had reached a high of $160 the year before, had dropped to less than $10. McAdam reinvented the company, focusing…

Most Influential: Co-founder Tad McGeer

Tad McGeer is Co-founder, President, and Chief Engineer of Aerovel Corp.

In aviation, big jets get all the glory, but Tad McGeer’s development of lightweight, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) demonstrates not only that good things can arrive in small packages, but that they can do so safely and, if his latest project succeeds, economically and reliably. McGeer’s work with the In-Situ Group dramatically advanced the state…

Most Influential: Robb Hunt and Steve Tomkins

Executive Producer Robb Hunt and Artistic Director Steve Tomkins turns Village Theater into a nation

Sure, it takes a village to create a theater, but at Issaquah’s Village Theatre, executive producer Robb Hunt and artistic director Steve Tomkins understand that it requires a special passion to turn a theater into a nationally renowned incubator of powerhouse productions. Under the guidance of Hunt and Tomkins (who’ve been with Village Theatre since…

Most Influential: Activist Keli Carender

Most Influential: Activist Keli Carender

Activist Keli Carender organizes protest at Westlake Park

“People credit me as the one who started the Tea Party,” says Keli Carender. “I feel like the tinder was already there, ready to burst into flames, and I just lit the match.” On Presidents Day 2009, Carender organized a “Porkulus” protest at Westlake Park downtown. Appalled by what she deemed excessive spending in the…

Most Influential: Zoran Popovic and David Baker

Computer Scientist Zoran Popovic meets Biochemist David Baker to collaborate on a video game that en

The meeting of University of Washington computer scientist Zoran Popovic and biochemist David Baker reads a bit like a sci-fi adventure: Computer scientist meets biochemist; computer scientist and biochemist collaborate on a video game that enables tens of thousands of people to contribute to scientific research by folding three-dimensional protein configurations on their home computers;…

Most Influential: Hanson Hosein

Most Influential: Hanson Hosein

Director of the University of Washington's Master of Communication in Digital Media program Hanson H

Hanson Hosein isn’t your typical academic. A law student turned award-winning producer turned NBC Iraq war correspondent turned documentary filmmaker turned digital communications professor, this husband and father of two has built a career on blazing his own path. In his latest role as director of the University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital…

Most Influential: M.D. and CEO Mitchell Gold

Most Influential: M.D. and CEO Mitchell Gold

Mitchell Gold is CEO of Dendreon Corp. rocked into national headlines

Mitchell Gold and the company he heads, Seattle-based Dendreon Corp., rocketed into national headlines this year when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Dendreon’s Provenge as a treatment for late-stage prostate cancer. The value of the company’s stock multiplied more than 10 times as analysts estimated the drug could generate about $1 billion in…

Most Influential: Group Health Cooperative

Insurer and Health Care Provider, Group Health is the highest-rated commercial health plan in Washin

In September, Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative learned it’s the highest-rated commercial health plan in Washington state—and in the top 50 nationally—in a new ranking by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. With more than 600,000 members and more than two dozen medical centers throughout Washington state, Group Health has become a destination for health care…

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