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Top 60 Family Business Leaders 2014

It's that time of year again – CampdenFB's annual Top Family Business Leaders list. This year we bring you 60 of the most successful stewards and innovators in family business across the globe.

This list is CampdenFB’s fourth annual Top Family Business Leaders list, and, aided by a panel of experts, we have scoured the globe to find the individuals heading some of the most innovative, fastest growing and influential businesses on the planet. This year we bring you 60 business leaders you need to know about, rather than the usual 50, with the list divided into six regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, South America and North America. To read more about the judging process please click here.

It is mostly new names this year, not because last year’s leaders have lost any of their business acumen, but because the panel thought it high time to get acquainted with some unfamiliar faces.

We hope the 2014 Family Business Leaders list will draw your attention to some people who have risen to the challenge and responsibility of taking the helm of their family business, and go some way towards giving them the recognition they deserve.

The CampdenFB Top 60 Family Business Leaders 2014
(By region, then in alphabetical order)


 

 

 

Abubakar Said Salim Bakhresa
Company: Bakhresa Group
Role: Executive director
Revenues: €440 million+
Country: Tanzania
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

Abubakar Bakhresa is considered the likely second-generation successor of Bakhresa Group, Tanzania’s largest conglomerate, founded by his father Said Salim Bakhresa. The company’s interests include grain milling, confectionaries, frozen foods, beverages and packaging. Bakhresa oversees the group’s all important wheat milling and sourcing divisions and is also chairman of the group’s football team, Azam FC.

Othman Benjelloun
Age: 81
Company: FinanceCom
Role: President
Country: Morocco
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Othman Benjelloun transformed the insurance company he inherited from his father into one of the largest in Morocco, becoming the country’s richest man in the process. He later branched out into banking. He controls his companies via his holding company FinanceCom, which has assets of more than €20 billion, with his son Kamal lined up to succeed him when he finally steps down.

Tajudeen Aminu Dantata
Company: Dantata Organization
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €440 million+
Country: Nigeria
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Third-generation Tajudeen Dantata’s commitment to his family business is longstanding. He joined the conglomerate in 1988 and became managing director in 1994. What started off as a trader of kola nut, cocoa, and groundnuts, is now a conglomerate with interests in oil exploration, manufacturing, finance, imports and exports, farming, merchandising and commodity trading.

Mohammed Dewji
Age: 38
Company: METL Group
Role: Chief executive
Country: Tanzania
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Mohammed Dewji beefed up the trading house founded by his father by snapping up loss-making state assets the Tanzanian government had decided to sell off and developing them into profitable business units. Not content sticking to the world of business, Dewji is also a member of parliament for the Singida constituency in central Tanzania.

Tunde Folawiyo
Age: 54
Company: Yinka Folawiyo Group
Role: Managing director
Country: Nigeria
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Tunde Folawiyo’s family business controls the largest privately-owned shipping company in West Africa, and was one of the first to build significant trade with Eastern Europe. The group retains its global outlook with Folawiyo, who took the helm in 2008, having established several international strategic ventures in petroleum, energy and banking.

Oskar Ibru
Age: 55
Company: Ibru Organisation
Role: Managing director and chief executive
Country: Nigeria
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

This second-generation leader has helped guide his family’s multi-billion dollar business since the 1980s, and today it is one of the most successful firms in Nigeria. Founded by his father, Michael Ibru, its interests include shipping, agriculture, aviation, banking, oil and gas. Oskar has previously spoken publicly about the close bond his family shares.

Mayur Madhvani
Company: Madhvani Group
Role: Managing director
Country: Uganda
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

The Madhvani family, having built one of the most successful enterprises in Uganda, lost everything in the 1970s when dictator Idi Amin forced all Asian Ugandans out of the country. After Amin was deposed in 1979 they began reviving their business. Mayur Madhavi has overseen heavy investment in the company’s sugar division.

Vimal Shah
Age: 54
Company: Bidco Oil Refineries
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €360 million+
Country: Kenya
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Vimal Shah is credited with turning the small garment manufacturing company founded by his father into the largest manufacturer of cooking oils and soaps in east and central Africa. Its oil refinery, just outside Nairobi, produces 1,000 litres daily. Shah still has plans to expand further though and wants to become the leading brand across Africa.

 

 

 

 

Binod Chaudhary
Age: 58
Company: Chaudhary Group
Role: Chairman
Revenues: €190 million+
Country: Nepal
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH, ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Titled the “noodle king”, third-generation Binod Chaudhary is proof success is possible in a landlocked, developing country like Nepal. The man behind Wai Wai instant noodles – the most popular dry food in Nepal – was this year included in the Forbes’ list of billionaires, the first in his country to have achieved this estimated level of wealth. The success of the group’s businesses is achieved by word of mouth, as it does not advertise any of its products. Part of Chaudhary Group’s management philosophy is to improve the Nepalese economy and create employment opportunities for as many local workers as possible.
Dhanin Chearavanont

Dhanin Chearavanont
Age: 75
Company: Charoen Pokphand Group
Role: Chairman and chief executive
Revenues: €7.9 billion (2012)
Country: Thailand
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Dhanin Chearavanont turned the seeds and fertiliser business founded by his uncle and his father in the 1920s into the largest conglomerate in Thailand, making him the country’s richest man. Chearavanont fuelled growth through a keen eye for acquisitions, his latest purchases include Chinese insurance company Ping An and Thai wholesaler Siam Makro.

Sonia and Adrian Cheng
Age: Sonia, 32; Adrian, 33
Company: New World Development
Role: Executive directors
Revenues: €4.4 billion (*2013)
Country: Hong Kong
NOMINATED FOR ONES TO WATCH

Sonia and Adrian Cheng are a second-generation brother and sister team with all the right credentials. Adrian was appointed as executive director in March 2007 and took up an additional position as joint general manager in March 2012. Sonia was appointed as executive director for the group’s hotel division as well as the project management division.

Winnie Chiu
Age: 33
Company: Dorsett Hospitality International
Role: President and executive director
Revenues: €109.5 million (*2013)
Country: Hong Kong
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

An executive director since 2010 and president since 2011, second-generation Winnie Chiu was instrumental in the IPO of Dorsett Hospitality International, which listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2010. Dorsett currently operates 19 hotels in Asia and the UK, and has gained approval to build a 275-bedroom hotel on the edge of the City of London financial district.

Isidro Consunji
Age: 64
Company: DMCI Holdings
Role: President and chief executive
Revenues: €850 million (*2012)
Country: Philippines
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Isidro sits at the helm of Filipino powerhouse DMCI Holdings, and is one of eight siblings who holds senior positions in the company started by their father. It reported revenues of PHP51.7 billion in 2012. This year it saw profits skyrocket 107% in the nine months to September due to the sale of Maynilad Water Services.

Peter and Steven Lowy
Age: Peter, 54; Steven, 50
Company: Westfield Group
Role: Joint chief executives
Revenues: €1.5 billion (2012)
Country: Australia
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Peter and Steven Lowy took the helm of shopping centre business Westfield in 2011, having served as joint managing directors since 1997 – although Peter has indicated he will soon step down. Over the past year the pair have focused on streamlining the international chain by spinning off assets – boosting profits 18.3% between 2011 and 2012.

Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Age: 31
Company: HCL Corporation
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €4.7 billion (*2013)
Country: India
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

The only child of HCL Corporation founder Shiv Nadar, Roshni Nadar Malhotra is regularly deemed the most likely to succeed him as chair. Appointed in 2009, the communications graduate has used her background working in media to help grow the technology and IT company’s brand, and also plays a leading role in running HCL’s charitable initiative, the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

Anne and David Norman
Company: James Pascoe Group
Role: David, Group managing director; Anne, Director
Revenues: €1 billion+
Country: New Zealand
NOMINATED FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

David Norman and his wife Anne, granddaughter of the company’s founder, are recognised as thrifty and modest in their native New Zealand, despite heading a retail giant that includes 690 stores throughout Australasia. In 2011, following the nation’s catastrophic Christchurch earthquake, the pair continued to pay full time wages to 200 local staff.

Preetha Reddy
Company: Apollo Hospitals
Role: Managing director
Revenues: €331.6 million (2012)
Country: India
NOMINATED FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Preetha Reddy joined Apollo Hospitals, one of Asia’s largest healthcare groups, in 1989 and will become chairwoman when her father, company founder Dr Prethap Reddy, 81, retires. Reddy has been the driving force in standardising service across Apollo’s 51 hospitals, and has focused on developing its preventative medicine services and walk-in pharmacy business.  

Stephen Riady
Age: 53
Company: Lippo Group
Role: Chairman
Revenues: €3.5 billion (*2012)\
Country: Indonesia
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Second-generation Dr Stephen Riady, president of the Lippo Group and executive chairman of Overseas Union Enterprises Group, helps helm the Indonesian family’s diversified conglomerate, which operates through Asia Pacific and North America. He also has a philanthropic interest, recently pledging SGD$25 million to the National University of Singapore.

Nobutada Saji
Age: 68
Company: Suntory
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €13 billion (2012)
Country: Japan
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Last year Nobutada Saji navigated the partial listing of the family liquor and beverage company. Raising $4 billion, the IPO will be a shot in the arm for Saji’s expansion plans. He has already led acquisitions of Orangina Schweppes and Frucor Beverages since he took the helm in 1999, and now has his eye on Southeast Asia.

 

 

 


Delphine Arnault
Age: 38
Company: Louis Vuitton
Role: Executive vice president
Country: France
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

Delphine Arnault only swapped her top job at Dior for one at Louis Vuitton in September, but she’s already seen the replacement of Marc Jacobs with Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director, and was reportedly behind the recruitment of J W Anderson for another of LVMH’s luxury brands, Loewe. Her creative influence hasn’t ended there, in November she helped LVMH launch an international fashion award. She is tipped to one day succeed her father Bernard as head of Louis Vuitton’s parent, the €28 billion-a-year conglomerate LVMH.

Nicolas Boël
Age: 51
Company: Solvay
Role: Chairman
Revenues: €12.8 billion (2012)
Country: Belgium
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Nicolas Boël has an impressive track record in heavy industry, working in steel and aluminium production before joining the board of his family’s chemicals and advanced materials business in 1999. Alongside Solvay’s non-family chief executive Jean Pierre Clamadieu, Boël oversaw the sale of the company’s pharmaceuticals division and the integration of French chemicals company Rhodia.

Vincent Bolloré
Age: 61
Company: Bolloré
Role: Chairman and chief executive
Revenues: €10.2 billion (2012)
Country: France
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Holding company Bolloré Group has continued to innovate in 2013 under the leadership of sixth-generation Vincent Bolloré. It successfully listed its car battery business, Blue Solutions, in October on the Paris Stock Exchange, valuing the company at more than €400 million. Last year Bolloré hinted he could be priming seventh-generation Yannick to one day succeed him.

Catharina Cramer
Age: 35
Company: Warsteiner Gruppe
Role: Managing partner
Revenues: €530 million (2012)
Country: Germany
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Ninth-generation Catharina Cramer heads 261-year-old German beer group Warsteiner, but she recognises the importance of 21st-century marketing – lately the company has sponsored Formula 1 teams, equestrian, and a hot-air balloon festival. She has also overseen the acquisition of a number of smaller breweries.

Christian Courtin-Clarins
Age: 62
Company: Clarins
Role: Chairman
Country: France
NOMINATED FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The environment is central to Christian Courtin-Clarin’s business philosophy. He and his brother, managing director Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, believe sustainable practices add value to a brand. The pair took the cosmetics company private in 2008 at a cost of €2.3 billion – Clarins hasn’t published its figures since, but at that point revenues had just passed €1 billion.

Antonia Ax:son Johnson
Age: 70
Company: Axel Johnson Group
Role: Chairwoman
Revenues: €7 billion (2012)
Country: Sweden
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The divisions within the fourth-generation conglomerate Axel Johnson include technology, groceries and hospitality, with the majority of its interests concentrated in Scandinavia. Antonia Ax:son Johnson is the self-named “moral compass” for the family business founded in 1873. She has a strong focus on sustainability, and in autumn 2012 the group adopted a three-year sustainability strategy.

Esther Alcocer Koplowitz
Age: 43
Company: Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC)
Role: Chairwoman
Revenues: €11.2 billion (2012)
Country: Spain
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Koplowitz has become only the second woman in Spain to chair an Ibex-listed company, carrying the family dynasty into its third generation, after being elected in January 2013. Bill Gates recently bought a 6% stake in its subsidiary FCC Construction and George Soros has also invested. Surely a vote of confidence.

Giuseppe and Marco Lavazza
Company: Lavazza
Role: Co-vice chairmen
Revenues: €1.3 billion (2012)
Country: Italy
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Cousins Giuseppe (left) and Marco Lavazza, great-grandsons of Lavazza founder Luigi Lavazza, together with the third generation of the family, have overseen much of the family business’s international growth. Today it is one of the world’s best-known coffee brands. In 2013 they renewed a three-year deal to provide coffee at The Championships, Wimbledon.

Alexandre Ricard
Age: 41
Company: Pernod Ricard
Role: Deputy chief executive
Revenues: €28.1 billion (*2013)
Country: France
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

Appointed deputy chief executive in 2012, Alexandre Ricard has three years to prove himself before he replaces existing CEO Pierre Pringuet upon his retirement. In the last financial year, the family business reduced net debt significantly – a move Ricard says sets the wine and spirits company on track for his expansion plans.

Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser
Age: Daniel, 40; Andreas, 39
Company: Sennheiser
Role: Joint chief executives
Revenues: €584.4 million (2012)
Country: German
NOMINATED FOR ONES TO WATCH

Third-generation brothers Daniel (left) and Andreas were promoted to the top job at the headphones and electronics company in July 2013, having served a long apprenticeship in various posts in the company. They are tasked with satisfying the style needs of each new wave of headphone-wearing hipsters while still delivering top-quality sound through classic German engineering.

 

 

 

 

Fatima Al Jaber
Company: Al Jaber Group
Role: Chief executive
Country: United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

As chief executive of one of the region’s biggest construction firms, qualified engineer Fatima Al Jaber oversees more than 40,000 staff and manages $4.9 billion in assets. The firm is organised into four main divisions – contracting, infrastructure, trading and logistics, and at the moment Al Jaber is focusing on streamlining the group’s internal processes to deliver high-quality projects in shorter time frames. Before joining the family firm, Al Jaber cut her teeth in Abu Dhabi’s public works department orchestrating government infrastructure projects. The second-generation executive is also an ambassador for women in the workplace, and takes an active role in the work of the Abu Dhabi Business Women’s Council.

Mona Yousuf Almoayyed
Age: 61
Company: Y K Almoayyed & Sons
Role: Managing director
Country: Bahrain
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

The second-generation head of industrial and retail conglomerate Y K Almoayyed & Sons started out in the business’s interior design division, before moving on to head the automotive segment. She was promoted to managing director in 2000. She is a fierce champion of human rights and female equality, and is a former president of the Migrant Workers Protection Society.

Mohammed Alshaya
Company: M.H. Alshaya
Role: Executive chairman
Revenues: €1.5 billion+
Country: Kuwait

Mothercare, H&M, Starbucks and Victoria’s Secret are some of the 70 international brands that have a foothold in the Middle East thanks to the Alshaya family’s international franchise business, part of the Alshaya Group, which was founded in 1890. In 2009 Mohammed Alshaya was presented with an honorary CBE for developing British-Arabic business relations.

Amna BinHendi
Age: 33
Company: BinHendi Enterprises
Role: Chief executive
Country: United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Amna BinHendi joined the family business in 2002, becoming chief executive in 2007, and is frequently listed as one of the Middle East’s most influential businesswomen. The family empire is the regional franchise holder for more than 75 brands, and BinHendi is now overseeing the company’s expansion into Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Kuwait.

Raja Easa Al Gurg
Company: Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
Role: Managing director
Country: United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

Raja Easa Al Gurg’s efforts to advance women’s rights, most notably as the president of the Dubai Business Women’s Council, was recognised with a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Arab Women’s Awards. A recent example of her efforts was securing an agreement with business partner Unilever to promote gender diversity in the private sector.

Majid and Badr Jafar
Age: Majid, 37; Badr, 34
Company: Crescent Group – Crescent Petroleum (Majid) and Crescent Enterprises (Badr)
Role: Chief executives
Country: United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)
NOMINATED FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The Jafar Brothers run the petroleum-to-ports conglomerate, Crescent Group, which is capitalising on new global opportunities, often in markets like Iraq where larger companies fear to tread. Badr (right) won Philanthropist of the Year at Campden Wealth’s Middle East Philanthropy Awards this year.

Mishal Kanoo
Age: 44
Company: Kanoo Group
Role: Deputy chairman
Country: United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

Mishal Kanoo promotes a philosophy of openness and good communication at his family’s 123-year-old industrial conglomerate – something that is not always easy in the Gulf, where businesses are notoriously opaque about their dealings. He is also a strong advocate of the family business model, even teaching a course on it at the American University in Sharjah, UAE.

Mohammed Saud Bahwan
Company: Saud Bahwan Group
Role: Chairman
Revenues: €2 billion+
Country: Oman
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Automotive group Saud Bahwan is driven by second-generation Mohammed Saud Bahwan. Founded in 1975 with just one Toyota showroom, it has expanded to include nine sectors including automotive and heavy machinery, real estate and petroleum. It is a distributor for several international brands such as Toyota, Kia, Ford and Hino.

Naguib Onsi Sawiris
Age: 59
Company: Orascom
Role: Executive chairman
Revenues: €3.5 billion (2012)
Country: Egypt
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Following the ousting of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in June, Naguib Sawiris – a Coptic Christian, who’d been in self-imposed exile, announced he planned to invest $1 billion in his home country. His faith in the country’s business outlook is likely helped by the proliferation of social media following the Arab Spring – beneficial for his mobile technology business, OTVentures.

Arzuhan Yalçındağ
Age: 48
Company: Doğan Holding
Role: Chairwoman
Revenues: €1 billion (2012)
Country: Turkey
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

When second-generation Arzuhan Yalçındağ took the helm at Doğan Holding in 2010 her father was at odds with Turkey’s Islamic prime minister over allegations the family had supported the 1997 overthrow of the country’s first Islamic government. Yalçındağ was seen as a fresh face for the company. She oversaw solid growth last year, with revenues increasing 10.3% between 2011 and 2012.

 

 

 

 

Adriana Cisneros
Age: 34
Company: Cisneros Group
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €1 billion+
Country: US/Venezuela
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Third-generation Adriana Cisneros was promoted to chief executive of her family’s media and real estate conglomerate in September, having served an eight-year apprenticeship in different divisions. Her fingerprints are already all over the business – she created Cisneros Interactive, a digital platform focused on online advertising networks, and she now has plans to radically re-organise the company’s labyrinth of interests.

Elena Ford
Age: 47
Company: Ford
Role: Vice president
Revenues: €98.7 billion (*2012)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

In early 2013, fifth-generation Elena Ford was promoted to vice president at the eponymous US automotive giant, becoming the first female family member to hold a significant post in the company. Her task is to oversee the implementation of the company’s global One Ford strategy – to standardise the consumer’s experience – through extensive restructuring and staff training.

Shawn Gorman 
Company: L.L. Bean
Role: Chairman
Revenues: €1.1 billion (2012)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

It was no surprise when fourth-generation Shawn Gorman was elected chairman of the L.L. Bean board last May – he had already been part of the family business for two decades. Outdoor-loving Gorman moved into the e-commerce division of the clothing retailer in the late 1990s, a pivotal time, just as the internet was about to transform the mail order company.

Laura Shapira Karet
Age: 44
Company: Giant Eagle
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €7.3 billion (*2013)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Third-generation Laura Shapira Karet became chief executive in 2011 and stated at the time that talent retention was one of her priorities. She has also continued the supermarket chain’s low price guarantee to stay competitive in the fast-moving grocery business, and in 2013 Giant Eagle revealed the lowest price drop in its history, reducing more than 3,000 items by 15%.

Bill Marriott
Age: 81
Company: Marriott
Role: Chairman
Revenues: €8.7 billion (2012)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

He may be in his 80s, but Bill Marriott still keeps up with the digital age, regularly updating his blog Marriott On the Move. The chain this year announced it would sponsor the 2014 Gay Games – a savvy move given it has previously experienced boycotts for the family’s links to the Mormon Church, which is opposed to homosexuality.

Diana Nelson
Age: 50
Company: Carlson
Role: Chairwoman
Revenues: €3.2 billion (2012)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

Diana Nelson became chairwoman of international hospitality group Carlson in May 2013, succeeding her mother, Marilyn Carlson Nelson. The third-generation head will be overseeing the company’s expansion programme, driven by non-family chief executive Trudy Rautio, which aims to increase the number of properties in its hotel division by 50% by 2015 – pushing the number to 1,500.

Bradley Shaw
Age: 49
Company: Shaw Communications
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €3.5 billion (*2013)
Country: Canada
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Bradley Shaw started early in the family’s eponymous communications business – as a teenager he spent his summers digging holes to repair underground cables in the maintenance team. However, he was never the crowned prince at Shaw. Founded by his father in 1966, his brother Jim was the initial successor, and steered the ship for 12 years before handing over to Bradley in 2010. Jim was famous for his dogmatic style, but Bradley has a more collaborative approach – it has kept things steady so far, with revenues growing 8.5% since 2011.

Richard Smucker
Age: 65
Company: J M Smucker Company
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €4 billion (*2013)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH, STEWARDSHIP

Fourth-generation chief executive Richard Smucker has been alone at the helm since 2011 – having previously shared the role with his brother Tim. The head of this Ohio-based food and condiments company has continued to pursue acquisitions and build out its portfolio of companies while maintaining a strong family culture.

Robert Unanue
Age: 59
Company: Goya Foods
Role: President
Revenues: €955.5 million (2012)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Robert Unanue says being bilingual is part of the essence of the family food business established by his grandfather in 1936. It is now the largest Hispanic-owned business in the US, marketing traditional Latin foods to both Latinos and non-Latinos alike. Unanue has spent 35 years at Goya – the past 10 as chief executive.

Jeff and Zev Weiss
Age: Jeff, 50; Zev, 47
Company: American Greetings Corporation
Role: Co-chief executives
Revenues: €1.2 billion (*2012)
Country: US
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Jeff (left) and Zev Weiss may have retained management control of the greeting card firm founded by their great-grandfather Jacob Sapirstein, but this year they took the company, listed in 1952, fully private again. Effective immediately, the brothers became co-chief executives. Jeff had previously been president, and also shared the role of chief operating officer with Zev.
 

Galen Weston Jr
Age: 41
Company: Loblaw
Role: Chairman
Revenues: €21.5 billion (2012)
Country: Canada
NOMINATED FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Fourth-generation Galen Weston Jr was the first business leader to announce his company would compensate families of the victims from Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory, following its collapse in April, which took the lives of over 1,100 workers. He also orchestrated the CAD$12.4 billion takeover of Canadian pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart.

 

 

 

 

Carlos Añaños
Age: 47
Company: Ajegroup
Role: Managing director
Revenues: €1.1 billion (2012)
Country: Peru
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

To reduce sibling rivalry, each family member at beverage company Ajegroup took charge of a different region when the family business entered the second generation, with Carlos Añaños landing Asia. He is now managing director of the whole enterprise and says the goal is to rank among the world’s top 20 multinational food and drinks groups by 2020.

Lorenzo Mendoza Giménez
Age: 48
Company: Empresas Polar
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €4.8 billion (2011)
Country: Venezuela
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Since Lorenzo Mendoza’s succession following the death of his father in 1992, the third-generation head has chosen to focus on Empresas Polar’s core businesses: Beverages, food processing and packaging. He has also chosen to keep the business based in Venezuela, despite ongoing political pressure and threats of nationalisation. The company employs 1.3% of Venezuela’s labour force, illustrating its economic importance.

André Gerdau Johannpeter
Age: 50
Company: Gerdau
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €11.8 billion (2012)
Country: Brazil
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

André Gerdau Johannpeter heads one of the largest steel producers in the world, with operations in 14 countries across the Americas. He became chief executive in 2007, having already worked in the business for 27 years. The fourth-generation head recently announced a $5.8 billion investment over seven years to vastly expand Gerdau’s iron ore processing capacity.

Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer
Age: 41
Company: Grupo RBS
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €466.5 million (*2012)
Country: Brazil
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer took over as chief executive of Grupo RBS in 2012, having spent several years as executive vice president. His mission in that role was to widen the group’s target markets and to develop communications. The business is currently one of the leading multimedia companies in Brazil with more than 6,000 staff.

Luis Pescarmona
Age: 38
Company: Impsa Wind
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €735.2 million (2012)
Country: Argentina/Brazil
NOMINATED FOR ONE TO WATCH

While his siblings chose to study law, economics and business, Luis Pescarmona followed the family trade, becoming an engineer like his father and grandfather. Now based in Brazil, Pescarmona was in London in late 2013 extolling the virtue of clean energy in the country – an area where his family’s sustainable energy firm is leading the way.

Alejandro Ramirez
Age: 43
Company: Cinépolis
Role: Chief executive
Country: Mexico
NOMINATED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Alejandro Ramirez had a career in international development before being called back to Mexico to head the family cinema business – the largest in Latin America – in the 1990s. He has invested heavily in the chain, bringing the number of screens to over 3,000, as well as moving into India and the US.

Daniel Servitje
Age: 54
Company: Grupo Bimbo
Role: Chairman of the Board and chief executive
Revenues: €9.7 billion (2012)
Country: Mexico
NOMINATED FOR GOVERNANCE, SUSTAINABILITY

Daniel Servitje was appointed chief executive in 1997. Two years ago Grupo Bimbo opened a wind farm with 45 turbines to power all of its Mexican factories. He has a long history with the company, having worked there for more than 30 years. The family maintains a majority stake although more than 40% of board members are independent.

Camalia Valdés
Age: 41
Company: Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Role: President and chief executive
Country: Puerto Rico
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Third-generation Camalia Valdés trained as a lawyer before joining the brewing business as operations manager. Her grandmother, who ran the firm following the death of her husband, company founder Alfonso Valdés Cobián, promoted her to president in 2002. She has since invested in a state-of-the-art brewing facility to stay ahead in the Puerto Rican beer market and drive international expansion.

Alejandro Weinstein
Age: 55
Company: CFR Pharmaceuticals
Role: Chief executive
Revenues: €419.9 million (2012)
Country: Chile
NOMINATED FOR GROWTH

Before Alejandro Weinstein took control of the family firm in 2000 it had focused on the domestic market. During his tenure CFR has acquired controlling stakes in several international pharmaceutical businesses, and in 2011 he orchestrated an IPO to fund further expansion. He is currently negotiating the acquisition of South African pharmaceuticals firm Adcock Ingram to get a foothold on the continent. In his spare time he is chairman of the Genomika Foundation, an organisation that promotes stem cell research and aims to create the first bank of umbilical cord stem cells.

Lorenzo Zambrano
Age: 69
Company: Cemex
Role: Chairman and chief executive
Revenues: €11 billion (2012)
Country: Mexico
NOMINATED FOR STEWARDSHIP

The new millennium has been tough for Cemex. The cement firm made several multi-billion dollar acquisitions to gain greater exposure to global construction markets on the eve of the financial crisis. Fourth-generation Lorenzo Zambrano had to aggressively pare back Cemex’s assets to stay in control of its debt – its situation has now stabilised.

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