43. Satoshi Miura
43. Satoshi Miura
President and CEO, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

NTT dominates the Japanese wireless and fixed-line telecom market, and the Japanese government dominates NTT with a 36.6% stake. Miura is an NTT lifer who started with the company in 1967 and became CEO in 2007. NTT's wireless business has historically been far more profitable than its fixed-line operation, which is unusual in the global telecom industry. This year the fixed-line business struggled more than normally because of high capital costs related to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Even so, investors have driven NTT's shares up by 5.4% over the past year.

By Richard McGill Murphy, contributor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated November 17 2011: 5:58 PM ET
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