For the third straight year, Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal Financial Group Inc., has been voted by Business Record readers as the Most Influential Business Leader in Greater Des Moines. 


Houston topped the annual list of the top 25 influential leaders that appears in this year's 2021 Book of Lists.


The online survey of Business Record readers, which was conducted in 2020, asked participants who they think the most influential leader is and asked them to pick nine other influential leaders.


The votes were tallied and IP addresses were analyzed, much as we do for Best of Des Moines, to remove suspicious voting and obvious attempts to fraudulently influence rankings.


Also, in the Book of Lists again this year is a list of additional business leaders you should know. View them here


The Business Record also released its list of the Top 25 Most Influential Nonprofit Organizations. View them here

Top 25 Most Influential Business Leaders

1. Dan Houston

2. Jay Byers

3. Kyle Krause

4. Suku Radia

5. Teree Caldwell-Johnson

6. Dennis Albaugh

7. Jim Cownie

8. John Pappajohn

9. Fred Hubbell

10. Connie Wimer

11. Angela Connolly

12. Don Coffin

13. Kristi Knous

14. Elisabeth Buck

15. Deidre DeJear

16. John Ruan III

17. Izaah Knox

18. Greg Edwards

19. Renee Hardman

20. Debi Durham

21. Tray Wade

22. Michelle Book

23. Tiffany Tauscheck

24. Rick Tollakson

25. Bill Knapp I