Position: President and chief executive officer of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Louisville, Ky.
Age: 41 (turns 42 on Dec. 1).
Astrological sign: Sagittarius, an adventurer.
Birthplace: Kansas City, Mo.
Education: Undergraduate degree in business administration from University of Missouri; law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Family: Married with two children. Also owns a Labrador retriever named Sadie.
How he started Columbia: Paired up with investment luminary Richard Rainwater in October 1987. Each put up $125,000, and Mr. Scott initially shared office space with Mr. Rainwater's investment company in downtown Fort Worth. Mr. Scott's stake today is worth more than $200 million.
Management philosophy: Mr. Scott says he practices a "no jerks" hiring rule.