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Hans Rausing
Hans Rausing

He used to be the Managing Director of Tetra Laval, the largest packaging corporation in the world. Rausing inherited the business from his father. The Swedish businessman also has substantial investments in Eastern Europe, particularly Russia and Ukraine. He is now based in London.

Hans Vestberg
Hans Vestberg

Hans Vestberg (born 23 June 1965) is a Swedish businessman and the current CEO of telecommunications company Ericsson.

Vestberg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Uppsala University.

Vestberg has worked for Ericsson in China, Brazil, Mexico and the US. He is a founding member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he chairs the task group on the post-2015 development agenda.

Education and career:

He received a Business Administration degree from the Uppsala University, Sweden, in 1991, Vestberg got employed at Ericsson Cables  in his hometown Hudiksvall. Since then he has had different management positions for Ericsson in China, Sweden, Chile and Brazil.

During the years from 1998 to 2000 Vestberg was CFO for Ericsson in Brazil and 2000-2002 he was CFO for Ericsson in North America and controller for North and South America. During 2002-2003 he was President for Ericsson in Mexico.

He also served as Chief Financial Officer for Ericsson from 2007 to 2009.

On 1 January 2010, he became CEO for Ericsson, replacing Carl-Henric Svanberg.

Personal life:

Vestberg is the chairman of the Swedish Handball Association. He also is the trainer of IFK Stocksund P02, a handball team in Stockholm.

Harsh Goenka
Harsh Goenka

Harsh Goenka (born December 1957) has been the chairman of RPG Enterprises, one of India’s largest business groups, since 1988, when he took over from his father R. P. Goenka. Today RPG is a major player in domains like power generation and distribution, information technology, infrastructure, tyres, plantations and pharmaceuticals, with an annual turnover of around US $2 billion.

History

The Goenka family belongs to the Marwadi community of money-lenders and tradesmen, and hails originally from Rajasthan in western India. As early as the 19th century, an enterprising member of the family, Ramdutt Goenka, set up base in Kolkata, which was then the capital of India, and a major commercial hub of the British Empire. The family prospered in its traditional vocations of money-lending and trade. It was in the 1970s that Rama Prasad Goenka (b.1930) leveraged the family’s wealth to take over a variety of industries and corporates and thus create a ready-made business conglomerate. Many of these corporates were stressed due to the socialistic policies and the “License-Raj” then prevalent in India, and others were in the marked due to disagreements within the families of their owners. In a series of takeovers, RPG acquired such companies relatively cheap and used his financial resources and business acumen to make them viable. In this way, by the end of the 20th century, RPG had cobbled together a significant business empire. The Goenka business empire is remarkable for two things: firstly, the fact that none of their major ventures were founded by them, all being take-overs; and secondly, the resultant diversity and incoherence of these companies.

In 2010, Rama Prasad ‘RP’ Goenka formally divided his business empire (which by then enjoyed revenue of Rs. 16,000 Crores) between his two sons, Harsh and Sanjiv. The following major companies fell to Harsh’s share:

RPG Enterprises was founded by his father R. P. Goenka in 1979 and has its origins in the Goenka business family, which has been at the forefront of business in India for over a hundred years. From pioneering organized retail to running the country’s first private sector power generating plants the group has also forged successful alliances with several of the world’s leading corporations. Group Company, KEC International is one of the largest power transmission EPC companies in the world. CEAT is amongst the leading tyre companies in the country and a leader in neighboring Sri Lanka,

After completing his education in Kolkata, Harsh Goenka began his career in Mumbai. After a brief stint in a textile company, he became the Managing Director of CEAT in 1983, at the young age of 24.

Education and early life

Harsh Goenka graduated in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, and thereafter pursued his MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland and has since been inducted on the Board of IMD, Lausanne.

Today

Today, Harsh Goenka wears many hats. Apart from being the Chairman of the Board of RPG Enterprises, [KEC International Ltd], RPG Life Sciences, Zensar Technologies and Raychem RPG Ltd, he is also the Chairman of CEAT Ltd. He is also a Director of Bajaj Electricals Ltd, and SICOM Ltd. The above are large corporations in India.

Goenka is a past President of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber, a large industrial body. In 1993, when elected President of the Indian Merchants Chamber, Harsh Goenka was the youngest to hold the prestigious post and his involvement in formulating and driving economic agenda for industry continues through various institutions. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI, India’s premier industrial association). He is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), one of the leading technical educational institutes in India. He also serves as a trustee of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust in Mumbai. Harsh Goenka has a vast experience in the field of management.

Other Interests

Harsh Goenka has one of the most prominent collections of contemporary art in the country, one that embraces several genres and styles and transcends several generations of artists from all regions. Harsh Goenka has been host to several art exhibitions in Mumbai for a decade and continues to support and encourage young artists.

He is a member of the National Art Advisory Committee for the National Gallery of Modern Art and a member of the Council of the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture.

Goenka has keen interest in cricket, which is India’s most popular sport. He promotes the CEAT Cricket Ratings for International and Domestic cricket which is a rating system that rewards outstanding cricketers around the world.

Family life

The Goenka family belongs to the Marwadi business community and hail from Rajasthan in north-western India. They have been settled in Kolkata for several generations. Harsh’s great-grandfather, Sir Badridas Goenka, had been the first Indian Chairman of the Imperial Bank of India. His son (Harsh’s grandfather) Keshav Prased Goenka died relatively young.

Harsh’s father, Rama Prasad Goenka, was an very successful businessman and founder of the RPG Group. His business interests spanning the music industry, automobile types, power transmission and plantation estates. In 2010, that empire was divided between Harsh and his only brother, Sanjiv.

Harsh Goenka lives in Mumbai. He is married to Mala and they have two children, a son named Anant and a daughter named Vasundhara who is married to Apoorva Patni of the Patni business family.

Hassanai Bolkiah Mu’ izzaddin Waddaulah

He is the Sultan and Prime Minister of Brunei, a small country in Southeast Asia that has been blessed with abundant supply of oil and natural gas. He owns a giant automobile collection numbering about 6,000 cars.

Henning Holck-Larsen
Henning Holck-Larsen

Henning Holck-Larsen (July 4, 1907 Frederiksberg, Denmark — July 27, 2003 Mumbai) was a Dane who co-founded the Indian engineering firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

Early life and career

Henning Holck-Larsen was educated at the University of Copenhagen (and what is now the Technical University of Denmark). He came to India in 1937 as a chemical engineer working for F. L. Smidth & Co. of Copenhagen. Partnering with his former schoolmate and fellow employee Søren Kristian Toubro, he set up Larsen & Toubro in 1938. The idea of L&T was conceived during a holiday in Matheran, a hill station near Bombay. Holck-Larsen was a risk-taker while Toubro was more conservative. Larsen and Toubro saw opportunities in India at time, when few Europeans had realised the country’s potential for industrial growth.

The first office of L&T, located in Bombay, was so small that only one of them could use it a time. Initially, L&T represented Danish dairy equipment manufacturers. However, the Danish imports were restricted during the World War II, forcing L&T to start a small workshop that provided servicing and undertook small jobs. The imports stopped after the German invasion of Denmark, forcing L&T to start manufacturing dairy equipment indigenously, a move that was successful.

Seeing opportunity in ship repair during wartime, Larsen and Toubro formed a new company called Hilda Ltd. Around this time, L&T also started two repair and fabrication shops. The internment of German engineers who were supposed to build a soda ash plant for the Tatas provided L&T another new opportunity.

Awards and recognitions

Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding (1976)
Knighthood from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (1977)
Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial Peace (1980)
Chemtech Foundation’s Chemical Industry Stalwart Award (2000)
Bombay Management Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)
Citation from the Indo-European Union Business Summit for promoting business beyond boundaries (2002)
Padma Bhushan (2002) for contribution to Indian industry

 

Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes is a billionaire Hollywood producer known for his ambitious films. He then became an aviator intent on setting several world records in air speed. He also owned Trans World Airlines, a company that later merged with American Airlines. While Hughes became more eccentric and reclusive as he got older, he never stopped donating money to help improve health care. After he passed away in 1976, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute kept the billionaire’s legacy alive by continuing his different health projects and advocacies.

Huang Wenzai
Huang Wenzai

Huang Wenzai is the chief executive officer of the luxury property developer called Star River Property Holdings Limited. Wenzai has donated most of his wealth to a variety of causes, from public welfare and rural construction to relief efforts for natural calamities in his native country.