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15. Hu Maoyuan
15. Hu Maoyuan
Company: Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.
Country: China
Title: Chairman
Age: 60

Hu Maoyuan's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., or SAIC, does it all: The state-owned firm is the country's largest auto manufacturer, largely through joint ventures with GM and Volkswagen. It also leases cars, conducts auto-parts sales, and offers financing. The company, which is not publicly traded and doesn't disclose sales, will say only that sales for the first two months of 2011 rose more than 25%. Hu's next move: selling SAIC-branded cars around the world. In February he unveiled SAIC Maxus, the company's first international commercial vehicle brand.

-- W.B.

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Last updated April 19 2011: 5:21 AM ET
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