It’s common to hear people talk about “the creative fields” of business or “creative departments,” as if they’re something distinct. But we at Fast Company think that’s hogwash. There are mind-blowingly creative individuals working across all industries and divisions, in labs and boardrooms, fields and courtrooms. And thank goodness. What would we have done this past year without creative people finding innovative solutions in medicine, finance, and, yes, even government? Our Most Creative People in Business list features 72 individuals who’ve made strides this past year that no one has ever made before, people who are already having an impact on the world. Here’s how we selected them. We hope you’ll be inspired by them.

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