Chairman and CEO, Grupo Modelo
Fernández got his start at family-controlled Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer, at a young age. He became CEO in 1997. Since then, he's worked to grow the beer maker's international footprint, particularly in the U.S., with its burgeoning Latino market. He's had success: Modelo's Corona is the leading import beer in 38 countries, including the U.S., where Corona Extra, Corona Light, and ModeloEspecial all land in the top 5. That was no doubt part of Anheuser-Busch InBev's ( calculations when it agreed to acquire the half of Grupo Modelo it doesn't already own (pending regulatory approval). --EF )
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.