Gina Rinehart
Gina Rinehart

She inherited Hancock Prospecting from her father, Lang Hancock. The company has a lucrative coal and iron business. She also has media interests through her share in Fairfax Media and Ten Network Holdings. Her company actually has no shareholders so she owns the entire business herself.

Glenn F. Tilton
Glenn F. Tilton

Glenn Tilton (born April 1948, in Washington, D.C.) was Midwest Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee, at JP Morgan Chase, a position he has held from June 6, 2011 to 2014. Tilton was formerly non-executive Chairman of United Continental Holdings Inc., the parent company of United Air Lines, Inc. and Continental Airlines, Inc. as of October 1, 2010. Tilton was formerly Chairman, President, and CEO of UAL Corporation from 2002-2010.
Tilton testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in June 2010

Tilton is also the former Chairman of the Air Transport Association, the industry trade organization representing U.S. airlines.

Tilton grew up in Latin America, and attended high school in Brazil, where his father worked for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency. After earning a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of South Carolina, Tilton wanted to start a career in the airline industry, but was warned against it by a family friend, the manager of the Pan American Airways Latin America Division. Tilton listened to the friend’s advice and went on to follow his father’s footsteps and join the C.I.A. but months before his start date, Tilton began a career in the private sector working for Texaco in 1970, servicing gas stations throughout Washington, D.C.

Tilton attained positions of increasing responsibility over the next three decades, and in early 2001 Tilton was briefly named chairman and chief executive officer before Chevron and Texaco merged to form ChevronTexaco Corporation. He was named vice chairman of the newly merged company in late 2001 and a few months later he was also named interim chairman of Dynegy, in which ChevronTexaco held a significant stake.

In September 2002, Tilton was recruited by the Board of Directors of the struggling UAL Corporation to be Chairman, President, and CEO, replacing John W. Creighton, Jr. as Chairman and CEO, and Rono Dutta as President. The board believed that an airline outsider such as Tilton could turnaround the struggling carrier. UAL Corporation and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in December 2002, three months into Tilton’s tenure.

What would follow would be one of the largest, longest, and most complex bankruptcy cases in American history. UAL Corporation operated in bankruptcy until February 2, 2006.

Tilton is controversial for his stance as a major advocate for consolidation in the airline industry. Tilton has stated he believes it is the only way to end commercial aviation’s cycles of booms and busts. Since 2006, Tilton had been searching for a merger partner for United Airlines. In May 2010, Tilton inked a deal to merge UAL Corporation with Continental Airlines, Inc. to form United Continental Holdings, Inc. of which Tilton was the first Chairman of the Board. As agreed prior to the merger of United and Continental, Tilton was replaced by CEO Jeff Smisek as Chairman on December 31, 2012. Tilton remains a board member for UAL.

Tilton serves on the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories and a member of the U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board. Tilton also serves on the board of trustees for the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, and the board for the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and After School Matters, as well as on the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the International Relations Advisory Council of Chicago 2016.


Glenn F. Tilton was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2014 in the area of Business & Industry.

Gordon Nixon
Gordon Nixon

Gordon M. “Gord” Nixon, CM, O.Ont (born January 25, 1957) was the President, CEO and Director of Royal Bank of Canada, from 2001 to 2014.

Early life:

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he was educated at Lower Canada College. Nixon received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in 1979, and holds Honourary Doctor of Laws from both Queen’s University and Dalhousie University.

Nixon began his career in 1979 at Dominion Securities in Toronto and worked in global markets, investment banking and in 1986 transferred to Tokyo to assume responsibility for the firm’s operations in Japan. Dominion Securities was acquired by Royal Bank of Canada in 1987 and Nixon returned to Toronto in 1989 as a managing director of the Investment Banking Division and in 1995 was appointed head of Global Investment Banking. In 1999, Nixon became chief executive officer of RBC Capital Markets and a member of Royal Bank’s Executive Committee.


Nixon was appointed president of Royal Bank of Canada on April 1, 2001 and chief executive officer on August 1, 2001. After 13 years as chief executive officer, Nixon retired on August 1, 2014.

Nixon is Chairman of Bell Canada Enterprises and is a director of George Weston Limited, BlackRock Inc. and he is on the advisory board of KingSett Capital.

Nixon is chairman of MaRS, a not-for-profit organization that connects science, business and capital, chairman of the Queen’s University Capital Campaign and is a director of the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is past chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Premier’s Jobs and Prosperity Council and has served as a director of a number of organizations in the arts, health care and education.

Nixon has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and is an inductee into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year Award, the Canadian Business Leader Award, and has been included on both Barron’s list of the World’s Best CEO’s and Bloomberg’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. Nixon is an Honouree of the Public Policy Forum and is a recipient of the CIJA/UJA Words and Deeds Leadership Award, the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Fellowship, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, a Learning Partnership Champion of Public Education Tribute and an American Banker Innovator of the Year Award.

Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao

Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao is a mechanical engineer, billionaire industrialist, and the founder chairman of GMR Group,a global infrastructure developer and operator based in India.Started in 1978, GMR Group is now present in 7 countries, active in energy, highways, large urban development and airports sectors, known for building and operating world class national assets.

Early life:

G M Rao was born on 14 July 1950, in Rajam, Srikakulam district in Andhra pradesh, India. He was born in an upper-middle-class family whose main business interests involved commodities trading and a small scale jewelry business started by his father in Rajam. After graduating from Andhra University, Rao joined the Andhra Pradesh Government as a junior engineer.

He soon entered the trading of commodities as his entrepreneurial nature made it difficult for him to stay content with a mere day job. After developing good relations with suppliers and customers in the business of commodities trading, he acquired a failing jute mill for at a bargain, this venture proved to be lucrative and allowed GM Rao is use leverage from local banks to acquire other assets. Eventually GM Rao divested his stake in a multitude of industries and started a bank named Vysya Bank in collaboration with ING.

Rao eventually diluted his stake in this business and decided to enter the business of energy and infrastructure with the proceeds from the sale. The entry into the power business allowed Rao to build what would become India leading infrastructure asset developer, as GMR’s closest competitor, GVK, is 6 times smaller by market capitalization, making Rao the leader of India as an infrastructure asset developer by revenues, asset size, and market capitalization.

It is also widely accepted in top brass of the state of Andhra Pradesh that Rao’s closeness with Chandra Babu Naidu allowed Rao to become the asset developer and owner for Hyderabad’s International Airport Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Life and career records:

As per Forbes magazine, G M Rao is the richest Telugu man by sheer quantifiable wealth. He is known for his down to earth nature and simplicity despite his enormous fortune. According to media reports, GMR Group is one of India’s most trusted and respect brands. GM Rao received the Economic Times Entrepreneur of the year Award in 2007.

Greg Brown
Greg Brown

Greg Brown (born 1960) is an American businessman. He serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions.

Early life:

Greg Brown graduated from Rutgers University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1982.


Greg Brown is chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc. He joined Motorola in January 2003. In March 2007, Brown became president and COO and was elected to the company’s board of directors. He then became CEO of Motorola in January 2008.

Prior to joining Motorola, he was chairman and CEO of Micromuse Inc. from 1999 to 2003.

Brown serves as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and is a member of the executive committee of the Business Roundtable. Additionally, Brown is a board member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Rutgers University, and also serves as chairman on the University’s board of governors.

Brown is chairman of the Rutgers board and is a member of the finance committee for New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential bid.

Gregory Wasson
Gregory Wasson

Gregory David Wasson (born October 19, 1958) is Co-Founder and President of Wasson Enterprise, a family-based investment office, and the former President and CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots, Greg was President and Chief Executive Officer of Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG), the nation’s largest retail community pharmacy chain, which in fiscal 2014 had $76.4 billion of sales, 8,309 locations, and 251,000 employees.

Greg served as chief executive officer at Walgreens and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014. Since joined the company in 1980, Greg was appointed to positions of increasing responsibility, including President of Walgreens Health Initiatives in 2002, Senior Vice President of Walgreens in 2004, Executive Vice President of Walgreens in 2005, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens in 2007.

Greg has served as a Director of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), since March 2013 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Human Resources Committee. As of July 2015, Greg was appointed as Director and a member of the Audit Committee of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). Greg joined Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the largest customer-owned health insurance company, as a Director in November 2015, and in addition to serving on its Board, Wasson serves on HCSC’s Finance and Audit & Compliance committee.

In addition, Greg serves on the Trustee Board of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) and Board of World Business Chicago (WBA) as well as a member of The Business Council, CEO Perspective, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago and Chicago Club. Greg and his wife Kimberly are the 2016 co-chairs of the 36th Annual MSI Columbian Ball.

In 2015, Greg received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the industry from National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ (NACDS) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) honored Greg with the GMA Hall of Achievement Award. In 2016, Greg received two awards from Purdue University: the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of professional and endeavor achievements, and the Career Achievement Award, the pinnacle award bestowed upon alumni who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of exemplary service in pharmacy and service to Purdue.

Previously, Greg served as a Director of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC), a leader in global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services, with which Walgreens has a long-term strategic relationship, and served as member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Boots GmbH, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group.

Past roles include Chairman of National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the Vice Chairman of Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), member of the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, and the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, as well as being a member of the British-American Business Council International Advisory Board. In addition, Greg served many years as a board member of Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), The Field Museum, and the Midtown Educational Foundation and a member of the Illinois chapter of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer and co-chaired the society’s 2014 Discovery Ball.

Early life:

Wasson was born October 19, 1958 in Lafayette, Indiana, the third of five children of Richard “Dick” and Phyllis Wasson. His family lived in Delphi until he was 13, and then moved to nearby Monticello, Indiana. Wasson graduated from Twin Lakes High School.

Two of Wasson’s relatives were pharmacists, and they encouraged him to study pharmacy at Purdue University. Wasson met his future wife there, also a pharmacy student. They married on their graduation day in 1981.

Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy

Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy, also referred to as GVK Reddy, is the Founder Chairman and Managing Director of GVK. a Hyderabad-based leading Infrastructure Conglomerate. With pioneering initiatives across energy,resources,airports,transportation,hospitality and lifesciences sectors, Dr. GVK Reddy has reaffirmed the Indian mettle on a global arena. He set up India’s first independent power plant in Andhra Pradesh, in 1997.

He has successfully executed India’s first six-lane expressway connecting Jaipur to Kishangarh in the state of Rajasthan. GVK is also the first to develop a brown field airport in Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. In one of the most significant achievements, GVK’s new iconic CSIA Terminal 2 was inaugurated at the hands of Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.The new T2 will is home to India’s largest public art programme(Jaya He), in the form of a 3 km multi-story Art Wall, illuminated by skylights, that has over 7000 pieces of artwork & artefacts from Maharashtra and also every region & corner of India.In yet another major achievement, GVK’s Bengaluru International Airport has been renamed as Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru and a new terminal was inaugurated.With these two major airports being operational,GVK is set to expand in airport business both in India and abroad.

Business career:

Reddy entered into the business starting with the construction of Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, the world’s largest masonry stone dam at the time of its construction, was built across the river Krishna in Nagarjuna Sagar, Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh. The dam was constructed for optimum utilization of water from river Krishna. The construction began in 1956 and was completed by 1969. Then, Reddy moved to Khammam to undertake two major construction projects – Muneru aqueduct and 100 ft. deep Venkatapaleyam deep cut canal. Then he moved upstream to Srisailam Dam project which involved the excavation of foundation for a powerhouse on the right bank.

Reddy acquired majority shareholding in Hotel Banjara, a four star hotel and became the managing director and completed the project by 1976-77. Collaboration with Holiday Inn marked his entry into the hospitality business. He also incorporated Novopan India Limited, being the first company in India to bring the Pre-laminated Particle Board Technology to manufacture Plain and Melamine Faced Particle Boards.

Dr GVK Reddy has been a pioneer in India’s infrastructure sector. Guided by his vision and leadership, GVK has successfully implemented projects in record time.

GVK set up India’s first Independent Power Project (IPP) in the private sector at Jegurupadu, Andhra Pradesh to generate 217 MW power and added another 228 MW in the second phase. GVK commissioned another power plant at Kakinada, AP, to generate 469 MW power.
GVK has successfully executed India’s first six-lane expressway connecting Jaipur to Kishangarh in the state of Rajasthan. GVK also developed a four-lane road project between Deoli and Kota in Rajasthan and developing a six-lane project between Bagodara and Vasad in Gujarat.
GVK also developed hydro power projects in the states of Uttarakhand and a thermal power project in the state of Punjab.
GVK is engaged in the operation and modernization of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which has been termed as one of the most challenging infrastructure projects in the world. GVK CSIA’s new integrated Terminal 2 which commenced operations on 12 February 2014, has bagged many awards and accolades and attained an iconic status across the globe for integrating a world-class design, infrastructure and operational efficiency.
GVK is engaged in the management of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru and is developing the infrastructure to meet the growing air traffic. The new Terminal at GVK KIA is at par with the best in the world with enhanced design and facilities to elevate passengers’ travel experience.
In the hospitality sector, GVK has built some of the finest luxury hotels in Hyderabad, Mumbai Chandigarh and Chennai. GVK currently owns seven 5-star hotels.
GVK has set up GVK one, a mega retail mall spread over 700,000 sq ft in Hyderabad.
GVK has acquired coal mines from Hancock Prospecting Ltd. in Queensland, Australia with total resources of about 8 billion tonne and a capacity of more than 80 million tonne per annum. The infrastructure project involves the development, ownership and operation of an integrated “pit-to-port project” consisting of a 500 km rail line and a 60 million tonne per annum port at Abbot Point.
Awards and recognition:

Dr. GVK Reddy has been bestowed with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at India Aviation 2014 for his contribution to Aviation Sector in the country.
Dr. GVK Reddy won Infrastructure Person of the Year award at Construction Week India awards.
Recognized as ‘PowerBrands Hall of Fame Corporate Luminary of the Year – 2012’.
Awarded Padma Bhushan – the third highest civilian award of India in 2011.
“Construction World — Man of the year 2011” award by Construction World.
“Best First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” award under the India Business Leaders Awards instituted by CNBC-TV 18.
Conferred “Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009” from Economic Times.
Under his leadership, GVK won the “Most Promising Infrastructure Company of the year 2009″award by KPMG.
Excellence Award at the International Telugu Cultural Conference held at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Telugu Association of Malaysia.
Felicitated by The Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, US.
Conferred Life Membership of the World Telugu Federation, Chennai.