Richard C. Adkerson
Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold
Richard C. Adkerson is the Vice Chairman, President, and CEO of Freeport McMoran Cooper & Gold, one of the oldest producers of copper and gold not just in the United States, but worldwide. Adkerson stepped into this role in 2008, after serving as chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals. But, for as much flack that the company receives, Adkerson receives honors as being The Best CEO in Metals and Mining.