Otto Happel: German Businessman

OOtto Happel inherited a company from his parents and turned it into a successful firm. He later sold it for a princely sum while retaining significant share holdings which still allowed him to influence the direction of the company. Eventually he sold his remaining shares for a handsome amount. Otto Happel was born on February [...]

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Wang Yung-Tsai: Taiwanese Plastics Tycoon

Wang Yung-Tsai is already in his early 90s but can say he has accomplished a lot in his life time.  In 1954 Wang and his younger brother Y.C. Wang (now deceased) established a company that would eventually become Taiwan’s petrochemical industry leader, Formosa Plastics Group.  Yung-tsai’s son William now has a top role in the [...]

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Chee Chen Tung: Hong Kong Shipping Magnate

Chee Chen Tung was born in 1942 is the second son of international shipping tycoon Tung Chao Yung.  Tung received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Liverpool. For further education he later enrolled at the University of Massachusetts and earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. As he became very accomplished in [...]

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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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