21 of 26
20. Masayoshi Son
20. Masayoshi Son
Company: Softbank
Country: Japan
Title: Chairman and CEO
Age: 53

One of Asia's most influential billionaires, Masayoshi Son founded Internet and telecom company Softbank 30 years ago. Today it is a platform for his pan-Asian tech activities. Through Softbank, Son runs the country's top Internet site, Yahoo Japan; he is also the largest shareholder of Renren Inc., China's social-networking-service giant, and a big owner of Alibaba, China's e-commerce giant. His ambitions aren't limited to Asia, though. In July 2010 he invested $150 million in U.S.-based Zygna to accelerate the social-gaming industry in Asia.

-- R.A.

NEXT: 21. Li Xiaolin
Last updated April 19 2011: 5:21 AM ET
If it catches on, Tata's Nano will have a far greater impact on society than any sports car, and Ratan Tata could be remembered as the Henry Ford of India. More
The Chinese government is banning the word 'luxury' from advertisements in Beijing, but it's not trying to slow down its consumerism push. More
Auret van Heerden, CEO of the Fair Labor Association, discusses the rising labor costs in China and other developing nations, and when the jobs will come back to the U.S. More
  • Find Homes for sale
    Real estate and homes for sale on Trulia

  • Property Type
  • Find a home in:
  • New York | Atlanta | Chicago | Los Angeles
  • Washington D.C | Houston | Philadelphia | More options