↑ 09. Eric Bright, Wal-Mart Game-Buyer

Why He's Powerful

Eric Bright isn't a familiar name to most gamers—nor should he be. As the Senior Buyer for all video game software at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, Bright is the single point of entry to a wide swatch of customers, especially in the parts of the country where Wal-Mart is the only electronics retailer.

Before Bright took over video game software, he was in charge of video game hardware and accessories buying for Wal-Mart. The number of cords and cables this man has put in the hands of gamers would reach from Bentonville to the moon. (Probably.)