The ten figures on our list lead the digital economy and drive innovation that impacts every facet of the global economy.

Top Ten Entrepreneurial Executives in the World – 2019 Edition

The ten figures on our list lead the digital economy and drive innovation that impacts every facet of the global economy.

In the 2009 book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer examine how the start-up sector came to drive an entire nation’s economy. The example of Israel is a textbook case of how, when working together, entrepreneurs from all sectors can make economic history. Ten years on, what conclusions can we draw from the start-up revolution, which has spread across the globe and transformed the economies of pioneering nations such as the USA, South Korea and China, among others?

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In the 2009 book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer examine how the start-up sector came to drive an entire nation’s economy. The example of Israel is a textbook case of how, when working togeth...

Ilham Kadri, a Franco-Moroccan woman with an extraordinary career and an iron will, has earned a reputation to match her ambitions. Having worked in Europe, Canada, Dubai and the United States, she is known for her ability to lead a team and transform a business. In March she became CEO of Solvay, a chemicals giant with 27,000 employees and $10 billion in sales.

No. 1: Ilham Kadri (Solvay)

Ilham Kadri, a Franco-Moroccan woman with an extraordinary career and an iron will, has earned a reputation to match her ambitions. Having worked in Europe, Canada, Dubai and the United States, she is known for her ability to lead a team and transfor...

His name means nothing to the general public. Yet, with a valuation of $75 billion at the end of 2018, Zhang Yiming’s company ByteDance has become, just seven years after its creation, the world’s biggest unicorn ahead of Uber.

No 2: Zhang Yiming (ByteDance)

His name means nothing to the general public. Yet, with a valuation of $75 billion at the end of 2018, Zhang Yiming’s company ByteDance has become, just seven years after its creation, the world’s biggest unicorn ahead of Uber.

Frank Wang is a perfect example of Chinese ambitions in tech. With an unparalleled sense of innovation, he has propelled the DJI drone manufacturer to the rank of global disruptor all the while ensuring his company a production capacity at lower cost and very competitive selling prices ($1,000 on average for a drone).

No. 3: Wang Tao, alias Frank Wang (DJI - Da Jiang Innovation)

Frank Wang is a perfect example of Chinese ambitions in tech. With an unparalleled sense of innovation, he has propelled the DJI drone manufacturer to the rank of global disruptor all the while ensuring his company a production capacity at lower cost...

Let’s hear it for LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, the man at the top of the largest professional social-network in the world. Weiner arrived in 2009 and has overseen the diversification of the company.

No. 4: Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn)

Let’s hear it for LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, the man at the top of the largest professional social-network in the world. Weiner arrived in 2009 and has overseen the diversification of the company.