CEO, ICICI Bank
A bullish outlook through the recession helped Kochhar direct India 's second largest bank -- with assets of $93 billion -- to a standout performance. Net profits are up 26% this year, making it the most profitable private sector bank in the country. Next up for the ICICI ( lifer: More global clients. --RA )
He's a pro-customer, tightfisted risk-taker who is conditioning Wall Street to embrace his erratic earnings. If you're running a business with high margins - watch out.