Global Business Leaders

Sheldon Adelson: Chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., While honeymooning with his wife in Italy, Adelson came up with the idea for creating the Venetian in Las Vegas. The property, which has won many awards, is not only recognized as one of the best hotels in the world, it is also widely credited for revolutionizing the hotel and casino industry in Las Vegas.

Paul Gardner Allen : Co-founder of Microsoft Philanthropist, Allen co-founded Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates, cementing his place in the list of all-time most accomplished entrepreneurs.

Micky Arison: CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, Turned Carnival Cruise Lines into the largest cruise ship operator in the world and continues to expand the company.
S. Daniel Abraham: Founder of Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation, Abraham turned Slim-Fast into a household name. Later, he used the money he gained from selling his company to raise political and social awareness for many issues, most notably peace in the Middle East.

Leonard Abramson: Founder of U.S. Healthcare, Philanthropist, This former cab driver founded U.S. Healthcare. He ran the company as CEO before selling it to Aetna in 1996 for an astounding $8.3 billion.

John Abele: Founder & Director of Boston Scientific Corporation, John Abele is known as pioneer of less invasive medicine. Under his direction, the corporation he founded, Boston Scientific, has developed medical products that reduce risk, trauma, and recovery time for patients looking for an alternative to surgery.

Ratan Tata (Chairman, Tata Group): As head of one of India's most venerated family businesses, Tata, has unique stature. The Tata Group, which is one of India's largest conglomerates, includes India's largest software house, one of its most prestigious hotel chains (the Taj), and sprawling steelmaking operations, as well as leading players in consulting, wireless, and cable services. Since taking over in 1991, Tata has made numerous big-ticket deals. But his heart is set on a project closer to home: creating a $2,500 car that middle-class Indians can buy. He is again into the lime light for the historical Tata-Jaguar deal (See details of this deal).

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman and multibillionaire who made his fortune in the Latin American telecommunications industry with controlling interests in firms such as Teléfonos de México (Telmex), Telcel and América Móvil.

George W. Buckley, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer at 3M Co. since December 2005. Before joining 3M in 2005, Mr. Buckley was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brunswick Corporation since 2000- 2005, and served in other executive positions at Brunswick Corporation from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Buckley is on the board of the following public company in addition to 3M: The Black & Decker Corporation. Director since 2005.

Warren Buffett: Known as "the Oracle of Omaha", Buffett is Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and arguably the greatest investor of all time. His wealth fluctuates with the performance of the market but as of 2008 his net worth was estimated at $62 billion, making him the richest man in the world. Buffett is a value investor. His company Berkshire Hathaway is basically a holding company for his investments. Major holdings he has had at some point include Coca-Cola, American Express and Gillette. Critics predicted an end to his success when his conservative investing style meant missing out on the dotcom bull market. Of course, he had the last laugh after the dotcom crash because, once again, Buffett's time tested strategy proved successful.