18 (5) Rick Pudner CEO, Emirates NBD The British head of the biggest banking group in the Middle East in terms of assets has had a tough year. The Dubai-based lender posted a 53 percent decline in second-quarter profit and it is one of the seven largest lenders to the debt-troubled Dubai World.(ITP Images)
Twenty years ago the Dubai-based business tycoon watched his parents flee the Rwanda genocide having lost everything — again. Today, the company he started to help get his family back on their feet is a monstrous conglomerate in 22 African countries.