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Ralph Nader's list of 20 people he thinks should consider a run for president

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Steve Case

Why he could: The co-founder and former CEO and chairman of America Online, Case has been one of the most politically active and vocal proponents in the tech community for economic policies that spur innovative job growth. He currently serves on several Presidential committees, including the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. And his family isn't a stranger to politics - a cousin, Ed Case, served as a congressman from Hawaii from 2002 to 2007.

Why he probably won't: Compared to some of the others, Case has one of the most bipartisan donation records among Nader's list. In 2012, he directed campaign cash to high-profile Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as well as high-profile Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. With his money spread around like that, it's likely both parties' establishment folks would work hard to talk him out of an independent run.

Chase Coleman

Why he could: The world's most profitable hedge fund manager in 2011, the 38-year-old billionaire was declared "the hottest young money manager on the planet" by Forbes last year. Though yet to develop a reputation for being outwardly political, Coleman did serve for six years as co-chairman of the Tiger Foundation, an organization that aims to end poverty in New York City, and has donated money to both the Republican Senatorial Committee and to Mitt Romney during previous election cycles.

Why he probably won't: Honestly, while it's an argument that could be made for any of these folks, Coleman doesn't have much to gain from a presidential run (besides, the whole "becoming president" thing). He's the direct descendant of Peter Stuyvestant - New York's last Dutch governor and, as New York magazine describes him, "the guy who actually built the wall that Wall Street is named for." He's old money, and has the added bonus of having found his niche in the hedge fund world where he's earned millions of his own. Why give up that life for a miserable life in partisan politics?

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