Chairman Emeritus, William Lyon Homes
WHY: Iconic homebuilder, politically connected businessman and retired major general of U.S. Air Force who served as commander of Air Force Reserve Command.
RECENT: History to repeat itself? Son and Executive Chairman Bill H. Lyon said in May that family, still major shareholders in builder and unhappy with stock price, would consider “possible business combination,” leaving open potential of going private again, in shades of 2006 efforts.
NOTABLE: Founder of the Lyon Air Museum near JWA. Also sports impressive car collection at Coto de Caza estate.