Dan Bane

CATEGORY: Thinkers

INDUSTRY: Supermarkets

COMPANY: Trader Joe’s

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: He is the chairman and CEO of Trader Joe’s, the alternative grocery store that despite its low-price mentality, managed to earn about $8 billion in sales last year. Bane started with the company in 1998 as the president of Trader Joe’s West and was promoted to CEO in 2001. He made the very smart decision to bring in Charles Shaw wine to the supermarket, which Trader Joe’s sells more than 13 million cases of each year.

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