Country: US (Lebanon)
Ray Irani was brought to US energy giant Occidental Petroleum Corporation in 1983 to help its struggling chemicals division. Serving as a director for his first year, he was quickly promoted to chief operating officer in 1984, a position he held for six years. In recent years, the company’s achievements have also been largely attributed to Irani. He is currently co-chair of the board of trustees for the American University of Beirut.