Argentine-Spanish entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky has founded seven companies over the past 20 years. These include telecoms provider Viatel and, more recently, fon.com, which aims to create a global community of wifi users.
Ecuadorian Carlos Moncayo and his two brothers founded Asiam, a Shanghai-based offshore manufacturing management company that specialises in clothing, in 2003.
The company now ships more than $34m worth of clothing per year. Mr Moncayo was voted Asia’s Best Young Entrepreneur by Businessweek magazine in 2009.
Sir Martin Sorrell privately invested in Wire and Plastic Products (WPP), a UK manufacturer of wire shopping baskets, in 1985. He joined the company as chief executive a year later and began acquiring advertising-related companies. Today WPP is the world’s largest advertising group.
Sunil Mittal founded Bharti Enterprises in 1976. Since then, it has grown from being a manufacturer of bicycle parts to one of India’s biggest business groups, known for its telephone brand Airtel, while also prominent in financial services, retail and food.