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.30 - REINHARD PLOSS (INFINEON TECHNOLOGY)

Age: 63   Years at current company: 6   Nationality: German   Industry: Semi-conductors   Turnover: $8.3   Rate of growth: 83.7% over the last five years   In the extremely competitive semi-conductors sector, Reinhard Ploss has overseen g...

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No.32 - MARTIN GILBERT (ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS)

Age: 62   Years at current company: 35   Nationality: Scottish   Industry: Finance   Turnover: $1.3bn*   Rate of growth: 10% in 2017     For three decades now Martin Gilbert has maintained a strategy of marrying organic growth and acquis...

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No.33 - SHANTANU NARAYEN (ADOBE SYSTEMS)

Age: 55   Years at current company: 20   Nationality: Indian   Industry: Software   Turnover: $7.8bn   Rate of growth: 63% over the last five years     The fact that Adobe has been able to make the jump from traditional software develope...

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No.34 - MARK BRISTOW (RANDGOLD RESOURCES)

Age: 59   Years at current company: 26   Nationality: South African   Industry: Mining   Turnover: $1.3bn   Rate of growth: 23% over the last five years     A geology professor, Mark Bristow joined Rand Mines in 1986 to head up its base...

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No.35 - BRUCE FLATT (BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT)

Age: 53   Years at current company:16   Nationality: Canadian   Industry: Finance   Turnover: $40.7bn   Rate of growth: 4.8% since 2015   Since Brookfield has been managed by Bruce Flatt, the group has expanded to some 30 countries and no...

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No.36 - GREGORY CASE (AON)

Age: 55   Years at current company: 13   Nationality: American   Industry: Insurance   Turnover: $9.9bn   Rate of growth: 6% over the last five years     This Harvard Business School BMA recipient now has 13 years under his belt as the t...

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No.37 - ANDRE DESMARAIS (POWER CORPORATION)

Age: 61   Years at current company: 35   Nationality: Canadian   Industry: Energy   Turnover: $33.4bn   Rate of growth: 9% over the last five years     Successively special assistant to the minister of justice of Canada and institutional...

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No.38 - THOMAS EBELING (PROSIEBENSAT.1)

Age: 59   Years at current company: 9   Nationality: German   Industry: Media   Turnover: $4.7bn   Rate of growth: 25% over the last five years     Despite a historically weak TV advertising market and competition from streaming platform...

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No.39 - JEF COLRUYT (COLRUYT)

Age: 59   Years at current company: 24   Nationality: Belgian   Industry: Distribution   Turnover: $10.9   Rate of growth: 10.5% since 2014     When Jef Colruyt took over control of the family business in 1994, it had less than 5,000 wor...

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No.40 - LUI CHE WOO (GALAXY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP)

Age: 88   Years at current company: 27   Nationality: Chinese   Industry: Entertainment   Turnover: $5.5bn   Rate of growth: 18% per year over the last five years     A self-made-man, Lui Che Woo founded his empire on the sale of constru...

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No.41 - JORGE PAULO LEMANN (3G CAPITAL)

Age: 78   Years at current company: 15   Nationality: Brazilian   Industry: Investment Management   Turnover: N/A   Rate of growth: N/A     The founder of one of the largest investment funds in the world, Brazil’s richest man is a giant...

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NO.42 - MOHSIN ISSA (EURO GARAGES)

Age: 47   Years at current company: 17   Nationality: English   Industry: Forecourt Operation   Turnover: $6bn   Rate of growth: 228.4% since 2015   Founded in 2001 with the purchase a service station in an unfashionable Manchester suburb...

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No.43 - PIETER ZWART (COOLBLUE)

Age: 37   Years at current company: 19   Nationality: Dutch   Industry: E-commerce   Turnover: $1.4bn (est.)   Rate of growth: 137.5% since 2015     Although CoolBlue do not publish details of their revenue, the best estimates put the Du...

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No.44 - ASHLEY MULDOON (MULTIPLEX CONSTRUCTION EUROPE)

Age: 50   Years at current company: 8   Nationality: English   Industry: Construction   Turnover: $1.6bn   Rate of growth: 566% since 2010     What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so the saying goes, and the CEO of Multiplex has lea...

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No.45 - ANDERS RUNEVAD (VESTAS)

Age: 58   Years at current company: 29   Nationality: Swedish   Industry: Energy   Turnover: $10.5bn   Rate of growth: 20% over the last five years     After devoting 29 years of his career to Ericsson, Anders Runevad left the Swedish te...

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No.46 - DIONISIO ROMERO PAOLETTI (THE ROMERO GROUP)

Age: 53   Years at current company: 8   Nationality: Peruvian   Industry: Conglomerate   Turnover: $5.4bn (est.)   Rate of growth: 22% over the last five years     The CEO of the Romero Group wishes to make his company more international...

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No.47 - ISSAD REBRAB (Cevital)

Age: 74   Years at current company: 20   Nationality: Algerian   Industry: Conglomerate   Turnover: $4bn   Rate of growth: 30% per year since 1998     Twenty years after the its creation, Algerian group Cevital has 26 subsidiaries involv...

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No.48 - GHEORGHE RACARU (BLUE AIR)

Age: 61   Years at current company: 35   Nationality: Romanian   Industry: Aviation   Turnover: $344bn   Rate of growth: 98.3% over the last five years     A qualified pilot, Gheorghe Racaru began his career flying for Romanian national...

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No.49 - JOHN DE MOL (TALPA HOLDINGS)

Age: 63   Years at current company: 8   Nationality: Dutch   Industry: Media   Turnover: $2.9bn (est.)   Rate of growth: 48.8% over the last five years     In 2010 a version of Talpa Media’s hit show ‘The Voice’ was produced in 180 count...

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No.50 - MATTHEW MOULDING (THE HUT GROUP)

Age: 46   Years at current company: 14   Nationality: English   Industry: E-commerce   Turnover: $960m   Rate of growth: 120% since 2015     Matthew Moulding has turned The Hut Group into one of the world’s top online retailers. By inves...

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