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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)
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3 (1) Jean Paul Villain Head of Strategy, ADIA As the strategic mastermind behind the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Villain helps manage the spending of the world’s second-largest sovereign wealth fund. Last year’s number one, this French expat helps control assets of around $500bn to $700bn.