The short answer: Not much right away, although failing to pay creditors is never a good thing for a nation's creditworthiness
Coca-Cola’s North America president, Sandy Douglas, oversees a relaunch of America’s No. 1 soft drink
Four years after the Citizens United decision, out-of-state cash is flowing down to state races
Phony phone-bill items from third-party scammers date back almost 20 years
Yves Béhar's Public Office Landscape turns the workstation into a social hub
A Bluetooth-enabled sneaker from an India-based startup doubles as a fitness tracker and personal tour guide
Critics say the agency charged with keeping regulations from burdening small companies actually serves big corporate interests
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Power 100 rank: 1
Sport: PGA golfer
Most recent notable achievement: Named AP Athlete of the Decade
Earnings: $103 million*
Key sponsors: Nike, Electronic Arts, Gatorade**
Why he's on the list: Tiger's monthlong stranglehold on the national media further demonstrated his crossover appeal, but with his credibility swooning and his endorsements dwindling, Tiger shouldn't get too comfortable at the top.
*As of Jan. 26, 2010. **All earnings 2009 calendar year, unless otherwise specified.
All data courtesy of CSE.