BB revises the unstoppable ‘Entrepreneurs of the year’, from 2011 to 2020. Let’s see the list of those remarkable people who never stop creating long-term values for the people to follow.
Olivia Lum, (Singapore): Olivia Lum Ooi Lin is a Singaporean businesswoman. She is the founder, group chief executive officer, and president of the Singapore-based Hyflux Group. She also heads the Research and Development function. Hyflux is a water industry company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and employs over 2,500 staff in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Net worth calculated in 2011 was US$$460 million.
James Mwangi, (Kenya) is the Chancellor of Meru University of Science and Technology, and the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Equity Group Foundation, which creates financial and operation infrastructure for social programs aimed at low-income populations. Equity Bank’s chief executive James Mwangi has a stake of 4.88 per cent in the bank, both directly and indirectly, according to the bank’s financial report for December 2012. This puts his stake in the bank at about Sh6 billion, making him one of the country’s wealthiest CEOs.
Hamdi Hulukya, (U.S.A.) is a Kurdish billionaire businessman and philanthropist, based in the United States. Ulukaya is the owner, founder, chairman, and CEO of Chobani, the #1-selling strained yogurt brand in the US. He established production facilities first in upstate New York, and since then has expanded. Net worth calculated in 2013 was $1.1 billion.
Uday Kotak, (India) is an Indian billionaire banker, and the executive vice chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. In early 1980s, while India was still a closed economy and economic growth was muted, Kotak decided to start out on his own, refusing a lucrative job option from a multinational. Net worth: US$10.9 billion (June 2020) During 2014, Kotak almost doubled his wealth as shares of his Kotak Mahindra Bank hit an all-time high after he sealed a $2.4 billion deal in November 2014 for rival ING Vysya Bank, partly owned by Dutch financial services group ING.
Mohed Altrad, (France) is a French-Syrian billionaire businessman, rugby chairman and writer, born c. March 1948. Altrad began working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, from which he left to buy a scaffolding company in France in 1985. This acquisition morphed into the present-day Groupe Altrad, employer of over 39,000 people, and involved in the scaffolding and cement-mixing industries. Altrad remains chairman of his namesake company, as well as the rugby club Montpellier Hérault Rugby. He has also penned three acclaimed novels. He is unsure of his day of birth, so he recently “picked a date from a hat” in order to celebrate one. In 2015, Altrad was named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year with net worth calculated $1 billion.
Manny Stul, (Australia) is an Australian billionaire, and the CEO of Moose Toys, a company he took over in 2000, with sales subsequently increased by over 7,000%. Moose Toys (or Moose Enterprises or Moose Creative Management Pty Ltd) is an Australian-owned toy design, development and distribution company founded in 1985. Moose products are sold in 85 countries and is currently the fifth largest toy manufacturer in Australia and fourth largest in the United States. His net worth calculated in 2016 was $1.07 billion.
Murad Al-Katib, (Canada) is the President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients. A strategic business and financial thinker in international agri-food commodity trading, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001. He has built the Canadian startup into a global billion-dollar value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredient company. His net worth calculated in 2017 was $1.7 billion.
Rubens Menin, (Brazil) is a Brazilian billionaire businessman and co-founder, in 1979, of MRV Engenharia, Brazil’s leading home builder, which has a market capitalization of $1.4 billion. Rubens became the first ever EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner from South America. MRV earned revenue of $1.44bn and recorded a net profit of $197m in 2018.
Brad Keywell, (U.S.A.) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist from Michigan. He is the founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, an industrial AI software provider. He is a founding investor of Tempus Labs, co-founder of Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, Drivin, and Lightbank. His net worth calculated in 2019 was $600 Million.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, (India) is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur. She is the chairperson and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore, India and the former chairperson of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His net worth calculated in 2020 is US$3.1 billion and is labeled as entrepreneur of the year for 2020.