Money helps, but wealth by itself doesn’t connote power if the willingness to wield it is absent.
As Secretary of Technology and CIO for Colorado, Nallapati is responsible for a team of more than 900 people who deliver IT services to the executive branch agencies.
With an estimated net worth north of $10 billion, Anschutz has had a hand in just about every major industry in Colorado, from railroads to agriculture to music to tourism, since he bought out his father's oil drilling company in 1961.
Hancock's tenure at the city's helm has been marked by Denver's ascendance.
As one of the "Gang of Four" with Tim Gill, Jared Polis and Rutt Bridges, she spearheaded a progressive push that helped turn Colorado blue.
As chief innovation officer to Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Colorado Technology Association CEO Erik Mitisek works to advance entrepreneurship and innovation in the state, overseeing the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), which hosts innovation summits and other events.
Kroenke is one of the most notable sports moguls on the planet. His Denver empire includes the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Rapids, Dick's Sporting Goods Park and the Colorado Mammoth.
With a net worth of $7.2 billion, Malone is one of the giants of the cable industry. He served as CEO of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI), the pioneering Denver company for more than 20 years before its 1999 acquisition by AT&T.
He's focused much of his energy on philanthropy since the company's 2011 sale, serving on the boards of Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Public Schools Foundation and University of Colorado Hospital.
The parent of Richmond American Homes, Denver-based MDC is now one of the largest homebuilders in the country.
Nancy Rice was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1998 and became Chief Justice in 2014, putting her in charge of a judicial branch with 324 judges, 74 magistrates, 4,000 staff members, and has an annual budget of more than $534 million.
He campaigned on job creation and infrastructure improvements and made some serious inroads in his first year on the job to fulfill both promises.