Linda, Mike Mussallem

(Credit: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology/Bryan Cantwell)

Linda, Mike Mussallem (Credit: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology/Bryan Cantwell)

CEO, Edwards Lifesciences

WHY: Heart valve firm is biggest OC public company by market cap, exceeding $46B, double No. 2 Chipotle (see Brian Niccol entry). Only CEO Edwards has known since spun-out of Baxter in 2000.

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RECENT: More growth coming from $240M, 500K-SF expansion of Irvine campus.

NOTABLE: Keynoted annual meeting of OCCF (see Shelley Hoss entry) in 2018; spoke of his family’s support for kids with Down syndrome.

FUN FACTS: Varsity wrestler in high school. Wife, Linda, brother, Phil; “large extended family.”

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