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What he does: chairman and co-founder, RE/MAX International
In position since: 1973
Why he is powerful: Since Liniger helped found RE/MAX in Denver in 1973, the company has grown into a global brand of franchisee-owned and operated offices with nearly 96,000 sales professionals. Margaret Kelley is the company's chief executive, but Liniger remains an influential voice in the real estate industry. He encouraged agents to help families facing foreclosure, and more than 10,000 RE/MAX agents earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation in 2009.