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What business leader do you admire?

Many of the world’s largest companies have become successful because they have, or have had, a visionary or charismatic leader. Leaders like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Jack Ma have all built their companies from startups to empires, while others, such as Jack Welsh, Percy Barnevik or Jan Carlzon, have radically changed the company they’ve worked for.

This led us to the question we asked some of our members:

What business leader – past or present – do you most admire and would like to work for one day?

And here are the answers.

21 DECEMBER, 2018

Igor Pastuhovic

Igor Pastuhovic

Scandsource, Shanghai
“Spontaneously, former Intel CEO Andrew Grove comes to mind. He came from little and managed to do a lot. He seemed to be all about substance. Even on the front cover of his book, High Output Management (read it!), he poses ready for work.”

Karoliina Callavik

Karoliina Callavik

Cobel Sweden, Beijing
“Oh, I wish I could choose one! I would love to pick Cristina Stenbeck’s brain over a glass of wine. How on earth was she able to step in and gain control over Kinnevik with such maturity and business acumen at the age of 27? And where does Petter Stordalen get his energy from? And what was the secret sauce in Ingvar Kamprad’s way of building the incredible IKEA culture? At the moment I wouldn’t want to work for any of them though, since I profoundly wish I can keep on working for myself and my partners in our newly founded business.”

Flora Chen

Flora Chen

Profoto, Shanghai
“My inspiration has been from Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, and Steve Jobs. They are both entrepreneurial and visionary. They dare to think differently, and drive through changes with persistence. I also find Richard Branson a charismatic leader, and would love to work for him one day.”

Martin Bengtsson

Martin Bengtsson

Consulate General of Sweden, Hong Kong
“Warren Buffett! With his long experience in the business world I’m sure that I would learn a lot if I got the chance to work for him. His support for charity, and the fact that he also produces many smart and thoughtful quotes and points on business investment and leadership as well as life in general, just makes him a more admirable and interesting person. Imagine working with such an inspiring business leader!”