6 of 26
5. Ren Zhengfei
5. Ren Zhengfei
Company: Huawei Technologies
Country: China
Title: CEO
Age: 67

The public knows little about Ren Zhengfei, the former military officer who runs Huawei, China's largest telecom equipment maker. But lack of visibility hasn't stopped Ren from building a global empire that's playing an increasingly important role in running the world's phone and Internet networks: The company estimates it grew 28% to $28 billion in revenue last year. Roughly two-thirds of sales come from non-Chinese customers, including Britain's BT. Huawei's products and services help keep phone and Internet networks around the world up and running. But security concerns have largely kept Ren and his company out of the one market he covets: the U.S. A new R&D center in California may increase Huawei's American presence, but analysts expect Ren himself to maintain his usual low profile.

--Marc Francis

NEXT: 6. Terry Gou
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