UPDATE: The results are in. Here are this year's reader's choice winners. Thanks for voting!
FORTUNE - Every year, Fortune selects its Businessperson of the Year (we'll reveal our winner along with the runners up on November 21). But we want to open up the selection process to you, our readers.
This year, we've asked a select group of Fortune staffers and contributors to nominate their MVPs within their respective beats. In today's installment, Fortune finance writer Stephen Gandel offers his selection of top performers on Wall Street for 2013. Cast your vote below for this year's reader's choice picks.
James Gorman - CEO, Chairman of Morgan Stanley
If the award was called Businessperson who Pulled off the Best Turnaround of the Year -- and why isn't it? -- it would have to go to Gorman. A year ago, the CEO of Morgan Stanley (MS) was dealing with the fallout of the Facebook (FB) IPO flop and a potential three notch downgrade from the credit ratings agencies. The acquisition of Citigroup's (C) Smith Barney, which Gorman masterminded, was in trouble. Gorman looked like he was headed for the exit. But now he is increasingly looking like one of the best managers on Wall Street. In the latest quarter, Morgan Stanley (MS) produced solid results, while rivals like Goldman Sachs (GS) struggled. What's more, his push to de-risk his firm has made Gorman popular with regulators and Washington. And the firm has be able to avoid many of the legal troubles that have plagued other big banks. (Those last two things might be related.) And the market has noticed. Shares of the bank have climbed a remarkable 58% this year, about double most rivals.
John Stumpf - CEO of Wells Fargo
This year, Stumpf steered the Wells Fargo (WFC) wagon to profit town. The San Francisco-based bank is on track to earn nearly $21 billion in 2013. That will give Wells the title of most profitable bank in the U.S., something that Stumpf's predecessors have never been able to claim. The bank got an assist from Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) continuing legal woes. Still, Wells never abandoned the mortgage market, solidifying its lead in the home lending business as others were running for cover. That has paid off. More than any other bank, Wells has benefited from the low interest rate refi boom, and the rebound of the housing market. Wells Fargo may not be able to hold onto the most profitable crown for long, but this award is for 2013.
Jeff Ubben - Managing Partner of ValueAct
Hedge fund manager Ubben usually takes his time before he makes an investment. But earlier this year, a partner said he should take a look at Microsoft (MSFT). Within two months, Ubben was at an investment conference announcing a $2 billion stake in the software giant. The quick move has paid off. Microsoft's shares are up 41% this year. And Ubben has won a seat on Microsoft's board. Overall, Ubben's fund was up 20% in the first nine months of 2013, which was about four times better than the average hedge fund. That's drawing more money to the firm. ValueAct now manages $12 billion, up from $2.5 billion at end of 2009.
Carl Icahn - Founder of Icahn Capital Management
From getting to smack down his chief nemesis live on CNBC to his many meals with Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, it's clear that Icahn has had a pretty sweet year. And even though he didn't end up winning the fight for Dell (DELL), he still ended up making money on the deal. Investments in Netflix (NFLX) and Chesapeake (CHK) have also paid off. Shares of publicly traded investment company Icahn Enterprises, of which Icahn owns 80%, are up 150% this year. And with just 49 Tweets, Icahn has over 100,000 followers. That's a pretty good return on investment. Bottom-line: The great-grandfather of activist investing showed in 2013 that he still has game.
Larry Fink - CEO, Chairman of Blackrock
Fink got his start in the bond business. But a recent shift toward stocks hasn't stopped him or his firm. In 2013, Blackrock crossed another mega-milestone. It now manages a staggering $4 trillion. And after a lackluster 2012, Blackrock's earnings are up solidly this year. Shares of the company have climbed 45%.
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ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben is up 20% this year, and Microsoft isn't even its biggest success.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft's management's biggest worry these days may not be Apple or Google, but an investor out of San Francisco.
Earlier this year, Jeffrey Ubben announced at a conference that his hedge fund ValueAct had bought $2 billion worth of Microsoft's shares. The investment might have been seen as a vote of confidence in MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Oct 10, 2013 1:09 PM ET
Microsoft is worth much less today than when Steve Ballmer took over as CEO. But that's also true for most other top companies of that era.
FORTUNE -- Steve Ballmer today began his farewell tour, announcing that next September he will step down as CEO of Microsoft after more than 13 years in the position.
To be sure, it has not been a smooth tenure. But today I've seen some potshots at MOREDan Primack - Aug 23, 2013 4:18 PM ET
Fighting words in the social enterprise space.
FORTUNE -- It has been just over one year since Microsoft (MSFT) completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of social enterprise software company Yammer Inc., and the head of Yammer rival Jive Software (JIVE) doesn't think it worked out too well.
"It's dead," said Jive CEO Tony Zingale when asked about Yammer during a panel discussion at Fortune BrainstormTech in Aspen.
For the record, Yammer is very MOREDan Primack - Jul 25, 2013 2:48 PM ET
The popular Microsoft program has been implicated in the financial crisis, Europe's growth problems, the U.S.'s weak economic recovery, and pretty much everything else.
FORTUNE -- Apparently some really smart people have trouble mastering Microsoft Office.
Early Wednesday morning, in an e-mail that went out to reporters around 2 A.M., Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff copped to making an Excel error in their research paper tying high levels of government MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Apr 17, 2013 2:46 PM ET
Don't expect a rival offer for Dell.
FORTUNE -- We are now 10 days away from the end of Dell Inc.'s "go-shop" period, during which the company can solicit superior bids to the existing $13.65 per share offer from Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. I continue to be highly skeptical that such an offer will materialize.
Just take a look at those known to have signed nondisclosure agreements in exchange for MOREDan Primack - Mar 13, 2013 12:28 PM ET
Microsoft worried that equity stake would have upset others.
FORTUNE -- There weren't too many surprises in Dell Inc.'s announcement that it has agreed to be taken private for $24.4 billion. Except for one: Microsoft's $2 billion investment will come as a loan, instead of as equity.
A source familiar with the situation tells me that the software giant was worried about other customers thinking that Microsoft (MSFT) had incentive to value MOREDan Primack - Feb 5, 2013 10:42 AM ET
Dell going private for $24.4 billion.
FORTUNE -- Dell Inc. (DELL) this morning announced that it has agreed to be acquired for $24.4 billion, or $13.65 per share.
The purchasing group would include private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, company founder and CEO Michael Dell and an investment firm that manages Michael Dell's money (MSD Capital). No specifics yet on how much each one would provide.
Microsoft (MSFT) also would provide a $2 billion MOREDan Primack - Feb 5, 2013 9:25 AM ET
Seattle VC firm tries to reignite.
FORTUNE -- Ignition Partners, a Seattle-area venture capital firm formed in 2000 by a group of ex-Microsoft (MSFT) executives, is reorganizing into a much smaller, more focused organization. In other words, lots of people are on their way out.
Fortune has learned that the new Ignition team will consist of just three senior partners: John Connors, the former Microsoft CFO who joined in 2005; Frank Artale, MOREDan Primack - Jan 24, 2013 3:32 PM ET
Facebook is unlocked. So who held, and who sold?
FORTUNE -- Approximately 271 million shares of Facebook (FB) stock were "unlocked" yesterday, under a provision that had prevented certain investors from selling shares until 90 days after the company went public. And, as happens after most lockup expirations, Facebook took a tumble – down 6.27% to finish trading at $19.87 per share. For context, the IPO price on May 18 had MOREDan Primack - Aug 17, 2012 9:53 AM ET
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