24. Peter Tapiolas
A major developer who has an uneasy relationship with City Hall at the moment after criticising its post-Yasi clean-up effort. Mr Tapiolas is part of a family that has done pioneering work in building homes and providing timber. Mr Tapiolas is highly respected by both sides of politics, and is not afraid to let decision-makers know his thoughts, particularly on council developer fees and charges, set to become a major issue in 2011.