Carl Icahn: The Change Leader

The business world knows Carl Icahn, Founder of Icahn Capital Management, as a shark-like investor who doesn’t simply invests but seeks to control his target. Such is Icahn’s takeover philosophy: he determines the company he believes is “under performing” then builds up a stake in the company. Subsequently, he tries to influence management or initiates…

Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder

If there’s one billionaire who lives life to the fullest, it must be Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group of over 400 companies. What’s inside the man? “For me, business is not about wearing suits, or keeping stockholders pleased. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials”.…

Patrice Motsepe, Chairman A.R.M.

From the World Economic Forum’s brainstorming, we now go to real action with South Africa’s first billionaire and Chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, Patrice Motsepe. Coming from a divided country, from a nation where discrimination brought deep wounds for so long – it would have been easy for Motsepe to just think of himself. At…

Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur | Club Owner

Who do you think is more admirable – a founder of a social website or an entrepreneur who got his hands dirty to succeed? Well, both have different appeals, different ways of pursuing their goals; hence, more than the money one rakes in, it’s about one’s journey, it’s about what he does… that counts. For…

Zong Qinghou, Wahaha Chairman

If you look at the company name alone, without real knowledge, you would think twice – Wahaha, which actually means “laughing children” in Mandarin, may even sound like a joke. But children’s laughter sure has that magnetic appeal that it has brought Zong Qinghou an estimated $12.6B as of September 2012 making him China’s richest…

Mo Ibrahim, Philanthropist | Investor

Money. The object of most everybody’s hard work, the root of many’s greed, the reason for some people’s downfall, yet a great tool for a chosen few. If you had millions what’d you do? For Mo Ibrahim, the Sudan-born billionaire and Founder and Chairman of Satya Capital Ltd., he used his fortune to establish the…