Francis Choi: Toys And Real Estate Success

Francis Choi grew up in Hong Kong but was actually born in Guandong Province, China. He began his professional career as a toy salesman.  From selling toys Francis saw the big opportunity in manufacturing them.  He opened his first toy factory in 1972 when he was 25 years old. One of his biggest breaks was [...]

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Dan Friedkin: Gulf States Toyota Owner And CEO

First working under the shadows of his father Dan Friedkin has now taken command of one of the largest private businesses in Texas. It just goes to show that you don’t have to venture far from home to become a highly successful entrepreneur. Thomas Friedkin started an auto distributorship in 1968 that would eventually become [...]

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Andreas Strungman: Pharmaceutical Titan

Andreas Strungman was born 1950. Andreas earned a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Buffalo. Along with his twin brother Thomas he founded generic drug maker Hexal AG in 1986.  The company eventually became the second-largest generic drug producer in Germany. In February 2005, the brothers sold Hexal and their 67.7 percent stake of [...]

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Rafael Del Pino y Calvo-Sotelo: Ferrovial SA Chief

Rafael Del Pino y Calvo-Sotelo earned a civil engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1981. Rafael also obtained an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1986. He held the position of Chief Executive of Grupo Ferrovial from 1992 to 1999. Rafael is currently the Executive Chairman of the conglomerate. [...]

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Reinhold Schmieding: Arthex Founder And CEO

Reinhold Schmieding was born in Michigan to German immigrants. As family tradition dictated he would become a physician as all the members of his extended family in Germany were physicians.  Reinhold took a different and after graduating from Michigan State University worked for Richard’s Medical, a U.S. firm that manufactured orthopedic surgical implants and instruments. [...]

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Daryl Katz: Canadian Entrepreneur

Daryl Katz was born on May 31, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His father was a pharmacist and was the founder of Value Drug Mart in Edmonton in the 1970s. Daryl studied at the University of Alberta and earned an arts degree in 1982 and a law degree in 1985.   After receiving his law [...]

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Najib Mikati: Lebanese Businessman And Politician

Najib Mikati was born on November 24, 1955. He comes from a prominent Sunni Muslim family based in Tripoli. In 1980 he graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Master of Business Administration degree. To further hone his business skills he also attended a summer school program conducted at Harvard and the French [...]

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