A lack of a long-term strategy is a good indication of a company that lacks ambition, and this is often a fatal flaw. For our first ever Top 100 Executives list, Leaders League took the conscious decision to highlight those executives who, without losing sight of the present, have been able to envisage the future. It’s notoriously difficult to find a way for these two temporalities to coexist in today’s fast-paced digital world, but all those on our list have outstanding leadership abilities, iron determination and, of course, The Vision Thing.

Top 100 Executives - International

No.1 - PABLO ISLA (INDITEX)

  Age: 54   Years at current company: 13   Nationality: Spanish   Industry: High-Street fashion   Turnover: $29.5bn   Rate of growth: 37% since 2013   In the mass-distribution sector, the profile of Pablo Isla has exploded of late. Befor...

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No.2 - JENSEN HUANG (NVIDIA)

Age: 55   Years at current company: 25   Nationality: American   Industry: IT   Turnover: $6.9bn   Rate of growth: 38% in 2017   Specialists in the design and manufacture of microchips, Nvidia continues to enjoy eye-catching results. Duri...

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No.3 - JEFF BEZOS (AMAZON)

Age: 54   Years at current company: 24   Nationality: American   Industry: E-commerce   Turnover: $178bn   Rate of growth: 100% since 2014   Nothing seems to stop Jeff Bezos. In four years the turnover of the American behemoth has more th...

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No.4 - JACK MA (ALIBABA)

Age: 54   Years at current company: 19   Nationality: Chinese   Industry: E-commerce   Turnover: $60bn   Rate of growth: 61% per year since 2015     While Jack Ma has expanded Alibaba’s range of commercial activities, 63% of turnover sti...

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No. 5- JOHAN THIJS (KBC)

Age: 53   Years at current company: 6   Nationality: Belgian   Industry: Banking & insurance   Turnover: $9bn   Rate of growth: 150% since 2006   In a sector in difficulty, the performance of KBC has been remarkable. Since becoming th...

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No. 6- MARK PARKER (NIKE)

Age:62   Years at current company: 12   Nationality: American   Industry: Sports equipment & apparel   Turnover: $34.3bn   Rate of growth: 150% since 2006   When he took charge of Nike en 2005, the group was losing momentum. In order...

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NO.7 - MA HUATENG (TENCENT)

Age: 46   Years at current company: 20   Nationality: Chinese   Industry: Internet services   Turnover: $38bn   Rate of growth: 442% over the last 5 years   Ma Huateng has taken full advantage of the Great Firewall of China and a colossal...

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NO.8 - SERGEY BRIN (GOOGLE)

Age: 45   Years at current company: 20   Nationality: American   Industry: Internet   Turnover: $121bn   Rate of growth: 118% over the last five years   This visionary mathmatician born in the capital of what was then the USSR in the midd...

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No.9 - MARK ZUCKERBERG (FACEBOOK)

Age: 34   Years at current company: 14   Nationality: American   Industry: Internet   Turnover: 45bn   Rate of growth: 699% over 5 years   The Cambridge Analytica scandal could have sounded the death knell for Facebook but, once again, Ma...

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No. 10 - TIM COOK (APPLE)

Age: 57   Years at current company: 7   Nationality: American   Industry: High-tech   Turnover: $229.2bn   Rate of growth: 112% since 2011   When Tim Cook took charge of Apple in 2011 following the death of Steve Jobs, many decried his ap...

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No.11 - ELMAR DEGENHART (CONTINENTAL)

Age: 59   Years at current company: 9   Nationality: German   Industry: Automotive equipment   Turnover: 52bn   Rate of growth: 8.5% in 2017     Since Elmar Degenhart took over control of the company, Continental has returned to the fast...

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No.12 - FLORENTINO PEREZ (ACS)

Age: 71   Years at current company: 21   Nationality: Spanish   Industry: Civil engineering   Turnover: $38.8bn   Rate of growth: 14.7% over the last five years   A household name in the world of football, after studying engineering at th...

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No.31 - IGNACIO GALAN (IBERDROLA)

Age: 68   Years at current company: 17   Nationality: Spanish   Industry: Utilities   Turnover: $36bn   Rate of growth: 21.3% since 2009     When Ignacio Galan arrived at the company in 2001, Iberdrola was only the third largest energy c...

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No.13 - JAMIE DIMON (JP MORGAN CHASE)

Age: 62   Years at current company: 12   Nationality: American   Industry: Financial services   Turnover: $97bn   Rate of growth: 18% over the last five years   JP Morgan Chase easily passes the Fed’s stress tests, registering record retu...

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No.14 - MARC BENIOFF (SALESFORCE)

Age: 54   Years at current company: 19   Nationality: American   Industry: Cloud computing   Turnover: $11.5bn   Rate of growth: 249% over the last 5 years   At the age of 17 he developed and sold video games for Atari in order to fund hi...

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No.15 - CARLOS BRITO (AB INBEV)

Age: 58   Years at current company: 29   Nationality: Brazilian   Industry: Brewing   Turnover: $56bn   Rate of growth: 10% per year over the last five years   Born in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Alves Brito got his MBA from Stanford, before g...

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No.16 - LARS RASMUSSEN (COLOPLAST)

Age: 59   Years at current company:10   Nationality: Danish   Industry: Medical devices   Turnover: $2.3bn   Rate of growth: 175% over the last ten years   When Lars Rasmussen took the reins at Coloplast in 2008, the company had just 4,00...

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No.17 - MASAYOSHI SON (SOFTBANK)

Age: 61   Years at current company: 38   Nationality: Japanese   Industry: Telecommunications   Turnover: $86.2bn   Rate of growth: 500% over the last ten years       Masayoshi Son founded SoftBank in 1980. In its early days the company...

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No.18 - HISASHI IETSUGU (SYSMEX)

Age: 69   Years at current company: 22   Nationality: Japanese   Industry: Healthcare   Turnover: $2.2bn   Rate of growth: 52.8% since 2014     In order to facilitate the growth of his company, the Japanese businessman deployed a busines...

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No.19 - Michael Mussallem (Edwards Lifesciences)

Age: 65   Years at current company: 18   Nationality: American   Industry: Medical equipment   Turnover: $3.4bn   Rate of growth: 162% since 2009     Michael Mussallem pulled off a crazy bet ‒ to become the first company to specialize in...

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No. 20 - Johan Molin (Assa Abloy)

Age: 59   Years at current company: 13   Nationality: Swedish   Industry: Security equipment   Turnover: $8.6bn   Rate of growth: 19.3% since 2015     To take his company forward, Johan Molin has followed a policy of strategic acquisitio...

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No. 21 - ROBERT IGER (WALT DISNEY COMPANY)

Age: 67   Years at current company: 13   Nationality: American   Industry: Entertainment   Turnover: $55.1bn   Rate of growth: 22.4% over the last five years     The story of Robert Iger’s time at the head of Disney has the air of a fair...

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No.22 - FABRIZIO FREDA (ESTEE LAUDER)

Age: 60   Years at current company: 9   Nationality: Italian   Industry: Cosmetics   Turnover: $13bn   Rate of growth: 34% since 2011     In less than five years, Fabrizio Freda has given ­Estee Lauder a complete makeover. To attract a y...

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No.23 - PAOLO ROCCA (TENARIS)

Age: 65   Years at current company: 35   Nationality: Italian   Industry: Steel   Turnover: $4.3bn   Rate of growth: 5% over the last five years     Born in Milan, Paolo Rocca is the son of Roberto Rocca, former honorary president of Tec...

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No.24 - RENATO ALVES VALE (CCR)

Age: 70   Years at current company: 19   Nationality: Brazilian   Industry: Infrastructure   Turnover: $2.2bn   Rate of growth: 447% since 2004     In less than twenty years, the Brazilian businessman has managed to build a corporate emp...

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No.25 - TAKASHI TANAKA (KDDI)

Age: 61   Years at current company: 8   Nationality: Japanese   Industry: Telecoms   Turnover: $44bn   Rate of growth: 26.3% since 2014     In an extremely competitive sector, this Japanese executive has put his faith in a ‘3M’ strategy...

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No. 26 - Ajay Banga (Mastercard)

Age: 58   Years at current company: 8   Nationality: Indian   Industry: Finance   Turnover: $12.1bn   Rate of growth: 50% over the last five years     The head of one of the world’s best known brands is the architect of a veritable finte...

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No.27 - GERMAN LARREA MOTA-VELASCO (GRUPO MEXICO)

Age: 76   Years at current company: 24   Nationality: Mexican   Industry: Mining   Turnover: $11.3bn   Rate of growth: 20% since 2016     Ever since regained control of ­Grupo Mexico, German Larrea has worked hard to diversify its activi...

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No.28 - DEBRA CAFARO (VENTAS)

Age: 60   Years at current company: 19   Nationality: American   Industry: Real Estate & Healthcare   Turnover: $3.1bn   Rate of growth: 25% over the last five years       Debra Cafaro rode to the rescue of Ventas in 1999 at a time...

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No. 29 - ALFRED CHAN WING KIN (HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY)

Age: 67   Years at current company: 11   Nationality: Chinese   Industry: Energy   Turnover: $3.4bn   Rate of growth: 52% over the last five years     An engineer by training, Alfred Chan Wing Kin, has been chairman of the Hong Kong and...

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