Cheng Yu-tung: Hong Kong Entrepreneur

Cheng Yu-tung was born on August 26, 1925, in Shunde, Guandong, Republic of China. Cheng cast his fortune in Hong Kong and became a very successful businessman. So successful in fact that he reached a status only a relative few entrepreneurs ever reach; that is becoming a billionaire. Cheng has extensive business dealings and real [...]

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Stefan Quandt: BMW Heir

The name Stefan Quandt is not as well-known as BMW. The two are very much connected as Stefan owns a significant chunk of the premium luxury car company. He is the son of the late Herbert Quandt and inherited 17.4 percent of BMW. Together with his mother Johanna Quandt and his sister Susanne Klatten they [...]

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Rinat Akhmetov: Ukrainian Tycoon

Rinat Akhmetov was born on September 21, 1966 in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. He belonged to a Tatar working-class family.  His father was a coal miner and his mother was a shop assistant. Rinat has an older brother who was also a coal miner but later stopped due to work-related health complications. Rinat did [...]

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Vladimir Lisin: Steel Tycoon

Vladimir Lisin was born on May 7, 1956 in Ivanovo, Soviet Union. In 1979 he graduated from the Siberian Metallurgical Institute with a metallurgical engineering diploma specializing in “Foundry of irons and non-ferrous metals”. Vladimir completed postgraduate study at UKRNIIMET by correspondence (Kharkov, Ukraine) in 1984.  He has several doctorate degrees as well. He took [...]

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Victor Vekselberg: Russian Tycoon

Victor Vekselberg was born on April 14, 1957 in the town of Drogobych, Lviv region, Ukraine. He graduated with honors from the faculty of automation and computer engineering of the Moscow Railway Transportation Engineering Institute (MIIT) and continued his education with a post-graduate course at the Computing Center of USSR Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. in [...]

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Shen Guojun: Chinese Retail Tycoon

Shen Guojun was born in 1962 in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province. He has had above average education earning an MA in Economics in 1986 from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. After graduating, Shen worked for the state-run China Construction Bank for almost six years. A senior bank executive was so impressed by his work [...]

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James Dinan: York Capital Management Founder

James Dinan was born in 1959 in Baltimore Maryland. His father was a textile engineer and his mother a homemaker.  His family moved to Worchester, Massachusetts in 1969. James was able to go to the best schools available. He graduated from the private Bancroft School. James then earned a B.A. in Economics from the University [...]

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Jorge Perez: Real Estate Tycoon

Jorge Perez was born in 1950, in Argentina of ethnic Cuban parents and lived in Columbia before finally settling in Miami in 1968.  He graduated from the Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, summa cum laude. Jorge earned a Masters in Urban Planning, with highest honors, from the University of Michigan. Before plunging into the [...]

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