Peter Karmanos, Jr.
Geek creds: Born in Greece, Karmanos co-founded Compuware Corporation, an IT services company, in 1973. He officially retired from Compuware earlier this year and is no longer a consultant for the company.
Sports ventures: Owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes (bought in 1994 when they were the Hartford Whalers; moved to North Carolina and renamed in 1997), the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL, a major junior league) and the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL, a minor league).
Record: Two Stanley Cup Finals appearances (2002, 2006), one Stanley Cup championship (2006), one OHL championship (2007), one Kelly Cup (ECHL) championship (2012) and one son fired from the Hurricanes.