Bloomberg Markets' 50 Most Influential

By Bloomberg Markets - 2012-09-05T07:58:26Z

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Alan Simpson

Former Senator, U.S. Congress

The debt-reduction blueprint created by the commission Simpson co-chaired, known as Bowles-Simpson, has a following among businesspeople, bankers and former lawmakers, if not incumbent politicians. Simpson, 81, keeps lobbying for it.