Richard J. Hendrix: The chief executive of FBR Capital Markets is reviving one of the area’s largest investment banks with diversified financial offerings.

John Delaney: A key local player, Delaney is executive chairman of commercial lender CapitalSource, plus the founder of asset management firm Alliance Partners.

William Walker: Since taking Walker & Dunlop public in December, Walker has continued to grow the company’s multifamily mortgage business.

David M. Rubenstein: The co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group has helped turn the private equity firm into one of the largest in the world.

Richard Fairbank: The head of the region’s largest home-grown bank, Capital One, may have a few more deals up his sleeve following the ING Direct USA purchase.

Robert L. Johnson: The founder of RLJ Cos. continues to build an empire with the launch of new financial service firms, like RLJ Fixed Income, and taking his real estate investment trust, RLJ Lodging Trust, public.