After a year of discovering who really runs Australia, The Power Index is finally set to reveal the country's fifty most powerful people.
Throughout July, Paul Barry and The Power Index team will be counting down the most influential people in the nation from business, media, politics, sport and culture.
The Power 50 / 2012
CEO, National Australia Bank
Born in: Penrith, NSW
Friends: Wayne Swan
Home Town: Sydney
Clyne might look more like a nightclub bouncer than a big-time banker -- at 198 centimetres, with shoulders as broad as a barn door -- but the former rugby union lock-forward's style is all soft touch.
He says he relishes people telling him where he has gone wrong, just as long as it is constructive: "If you have to get past five secretaries and three security doors to find me, staff are very unlikely to bring me a problem," he once told The Sunday Times.
Clyne has been the driving force behind NAB's aggressive "break up" strategy, the advertising campaign it launched on Valentine's Day this year to try to woo customers from the other banks. Recently more of a business lender, Clyne's push to bulk up NAB's retail banking -- based on a promise that NAB is "different" from the other majors -- has so far been a success.
Some 225,000 customers shifted their allegiance to NAB in the five months after the break up, a big win for the bank. It's that success that could perhaps translate to politiucs.
Clyne's name has been tossed around as a perfect fit for the ALP. He's a friend of Wayne Swan and once gave a job to former Kevin Rudd spin doctor George Wright (before Wright went on to become ALP national secretary).