Henry Sy, Sr. is a Filipino Chinese business tycoon and entrepreneur, most famous for founding the SM Malls, the Philippines largest group of malls. Aside from the mall industry, Henry also owns numerous companies in the areas of real estate, banking, education, mining, retailing, and hospitality, resulting in him being recognized as the wealthiest person in the Philippines, with an estimated personal wealth of 13 billion dollars. He is also dubbed as the “Father of Philippine Retailing” due to owning the largest group of malls in the country.
Dina Powell is a well-known philanthropist and politician, most notable for being the first Arab American to hold a key position in the Secretarial office of the United States government. She is currently the head of the corporate engagement division of the world-renowned Goldman Sachs. Her age and experience make her the youngest person to have ever sat in this position, but do not let her young age fool you—Dina is truly exceptional in that at such an age, she has been able to make decisions that have greatly contributed to the company’s growth for the past five years. She's at the helm of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women initiative.
Zong Qinghou is a famous Chinese businessman and entrepreneur, well-known for founding and heading the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, one of the largest companies in China and the largest beverage company in the country. He also holds the title of being the richest man in China and the twenty–third richest in the world, having an estimated personal wealth of 20 billion dollars.
Anyone who hears the surname “Disney” would definitely recognize the massive impact that their films have made in the international stage, and this goes for Abigail Disney as well – but it does not just end there – Abigail does not enjoy success and fame under the shadow of her parents or siblings, but she has established a name for herself as an extraordinary filmmaker and producer.
Heidi Murkoff is the world famous author who wrote the world’s bestselling book series on pregnancy and parenting, “What to Expect.” Her first book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” which was written after she gave birth to her first child, became a top bestseller, so much so that it has been touted today as the “pregnancy bible.” From its first print, the “What to Expect” series has already sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and has established its reputation as the best reference for pregnancy and parenting methods.
Anjali Gopalan is a well-known LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activist in India, most popular for founding and directing The Naz Foundation, a non-governmental organization that aims to help those who are affected by HIV and AIDS. Her work with people affected by the said diseases has also led her to fight for the rights of people of the third gender and bisexuals, which are scorned by society due to their ‘peculiarity’ and ‘difference.’ This led to the enactment of the famous Section 377 in India, which decriminalized homosexuality.
Jane Cordell is an extraordinary diplomat and a world leader in disability issues in the workplace. She is the very first person with a disability to serve in the Foreign Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, as well as the first person with a disability to become a deputy ambassador to other nations.
Kathy Giusti is the founder of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, a charitable organization that is devoted to helping patients suffering from multiple myeloma a currently-incurable blood cancer that threatens over fifty thousand people in the United States alone every year. She started the foundation with her twin sister after she was diagnosed with the disease and found that there was no research at that time to combat the disease. From its inception, the MMRF has raised over one hundred seventy million dollars and is currently the largest funder in the field of myeloma research.
Wu Jiefang, internationally known as Sheryl WuDunn, is world-renowned journalist, author and business executive who is famous for becoming the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize alongside her husband Nicholas Kristof. As a journalist, she has had an extensive reporting career, having covered numerous places in Asia such as the Philippines, Burma and North Korea, as well as Australia.
Brothers Charles and David Koch run the second biggest conglomerate in the United States, the Koch Industries Inc. The huge empire, although blemished by years of bitter family feuds and lawsuits, has survived and now become a thriving petroleum and manufacturing industry with subsidiaries that includes Georgia Pacific, Invista, Koch Pipelines, Matador Cattle Company, and Flint Hills Resources among others. The two brothers are also popular due to their political activism.