Introducing: Minnesota 500

We searched out the 500 most powerful and influential leaders in Minnesota, in over 60 industries. Minnesota 500 profiles the best and brightest individuals in our state in business, government, non-profits and additional sectors. Learn more about the incredible talent the leaders of Minnesota bring to our state.

Inside The 2018 Edition

Walter Mondale

Former VP of the United States, U.S. GOVERNMENT

As a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Walter Mondale began his career as a lawyer in private practice. In 1960 he served as the attorney general of Minnesota until he was appointed as a U.S. senator from Minnesota after Hubert H. Humphery was elected as vice president. In July of 1976, Jimmy Carter chose Mondale to serve as his vice presidential mate on the Democratic ticket, later winning in January of 1977. In 1984, Mondale ran as the Democratic presidential candidate and chose U.S. Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first woman vice presidential candidate, as his mate. After being defeated in the election by President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush, Mondale continued his career as a U.S. ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton, filled in the ballot position as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party’s candidate in 2002, became the chairman of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and became Norway’s honorary consul general for Minnesota. In addition, Mondale published a memoir titled “The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics,” with David Hage in 2010.

Jennifer Ford Reedy


Jennifer Ford Reedy has served as president of the Bush Foundation since September 2012. She says she chose this career because of the tremendous opportunity to do good all packed into a great strategic challenge. She has been honored as a 40 Under 40 leader by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, as one of the 100 Minnesotans You Should Know by Twin Cities Business Magazine and a NextGen Fellow by Independent Sector. She is also a member of the Itasca Project, Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and more. As if those accomplishments weren’t impressive enough, Bush Foundation has surpassed $1 billion in total giving under her leadership.

John Noseworthy

President and CEO, MAYO CLINIC

As president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, John Noseworthy leads one of the largest not-for-profit academic health systems in the U.S. He has served as Mayo Clinic’s leader for the past nine years and has worked at the organization for 28 years in the roles of chair of the department of neurology, medical director of the department of development and vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester executive board. During his tenure, Noseworthy assisted in transitioning Mayo Clinic from a holding company, where sites operated independently, to a single operating company, characterized by a unified vision, strategy and operating plan. In February 2018, he announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida, will succeed him as the next president and CEO in 2019.

Beth Ford

President and CEO, LAND O’LAKES

Beth Ford was originally named to the Minnesota 500 as COO of Land O’Lakes Businesses, but has since been named president and CEO by the board of directors after Chris Policinski announced his retirement. She began her duties as CEO on Aug. 1, 2018. During her tenure as COO, Ford was responsible for the businesses of Purina Animal Nutrition, U.S. Dairy Foods and WinField United—in 2017, these businesses had sales totaling $14 billion. Besides Land O’Lakes, Ford has held management and supply chain positions at seven other companies including Mobil Oil, Pepsi, Perseco, International Flavors and Fragrances, and Hachette Scholastic Corp. Ford is the chair of the board of directors for Clearwater Paper, Inc., and is also on the board of PACCAR, Inc. Ford is the first openly gay woman to be appointed CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Ford received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and her master’s in business administration from Columbia Business School. She remains very involved in both universities, sitting on the Deming Center Board of Advisors for Columbia Business School and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Business at Iowa State.

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