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Power Issue Top 25 of 2012


Inside Business has published the list of the
top 75 most powerful people in Hampton Roads!

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Learn more about each honoree by clicking on their name or photo.

  • 01. Gov. Bob McDonnell

    Updated: May 11, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Posted: May 4, 2012

    Gov. Bob McDonnell's influence, as well as his popularity, has ebbed and flowed over the past year. 

    But he has stuck to his conservative Republican principles, to the delight of his base, while angering Democrats and the feft for some of his more controversial legislation. 

    Despite the criticism, Virginia’s 71st governor takes the top slot on this year’s Power list. 

    Here’s why. 

  • 02. Vince Mastracco

    Updated: May 11, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Posted: May 4, 2012

    Not much has changed since last year. 

    Vince Mastracco, an attorney, is still one of the leading power brokers in Hampton Roads, retaining the No. 2 position. 

    He is firmly entrenched in the power structure of the region and no list of power brokers could exclude him. 

    Everyone knows him.

    But no one knows him. 

    Mastracco, a partner in the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles, is a deal-maker. 

    But he shuns the podium.

    He shuns the television cameras and publicity. 

  • 03. John O. "Dubby" Wynne

    Updated: May 4, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    Posted: May 4, 2012

    After spending his career building Landmark Communications, a company he and others turned into a media giant, John O. “Dubby” Wynne is tackling the region’s economy with its disparate economic, social and political personae.

    Wynne, the former CEO of Landmark Communications, now known as Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, was chosen as the chairman of the board of directors of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and will assume the post in June.

  • 04. Frank Batten Jr.

    Updated: May 4, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    Posted: May 4, 2012

    Frank Batten Jr. is rarely seen but his presence is certainly felt not only in Norfolk but in other Hampton Roads cities.
    If you’re lucky, you might catch him having a modest lunch in a modest restaurant alone, papers and files within reach, somewhere in downtown Norfolk.
    Batten’s successes are legendary.
    His investment in Red Hat, a software company, is usually the one everyone remembers and points to as the product of Batten’s talent and genius. 

  • 05. Charles "Wick" Moorman

    Posted: May 3, 2012

     Congratulations, Wick Moorman.

    You presided over the best year Norfolk Southern Corp. ever reported, with an annual profit of $1.89 billion, up 28 percent from 2010 and 85 percent from 2009.

    You have presided over a $22 billion corporation whose roots are deep in the 19th century, and yet this relic of the past has survived the onslaught of technology and regulations. You’ve also maintained your power position of No. 5 in 2011.