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
Chairman of Infrastructure NSW
Born in: Hungary
Home Town: Sydney
As chairman of Infrastructure NSW, the state's ex-Liberal premier Nick Greiner has power to change the face of Sydney and solve the city's transport problems. And he's just the man for the job.
"I'm a leader and a doer," Nick told The Power Index last year. "I don't want to sound immodest, but I'm the ideal person, the natural pick."
That's as may be, but he's faced one big obstacle to getting anything done, and that's NSW premier Barry (aka Barrier) O'Farrell, who earned the nickname "Barrier O'Farrell" for his unwillingness to be bold and brave.
However, since we named Greiner as the most powerful man in Sydney last year (ahead of O'Farrell) the premier has privatised the state's electricity generators, sold off the widely-loathed monorail and slashed public service numbers.
Greiner, no doubt, is delighted. Those who know him well have never doubted that he'd crash through.
"Nick's new role takes him into all departments, and he doesn't hesitate to take on ministers and bureaucrats," Liberal powerbroker Michael Photios assured us. "He's very active in the party and very active in government."
Greiner is currently overseeing the development of a $1 billion convention centre with the expansion of Sydney's light rail network looming in the distance.