Turkiye Finans Katilim Bankasi

A joint venture between National Commercial Bank, Boydak Group and Ulker Group, Türkiye Finans has deep-rooted knowledge of and experience with participation banking in Turkey. Providing consumer and corporate banking, as well as treasury services, the company sits at the …

Turkey | Banking

British Virgin Islands International Finance Centre

With product offerings including trust and estate planning, investment and fund services, captive insurance, corporate business and banking services, the British Virgin Islands is a multifaceted jurisdiction. The BVI continues to set the highest standards of transparency, collaboration and cooperation. …

British Virgin Islands | Financial Services

Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chair, State Bank of India

Appointed as the 24th Chairperson of the State Bank of India in October 2013, Arundhati Bhattacharya (pictured) has worked within the country’s banking industry since joining the company as a probationary officer in 1977. Throughout her 36-year career at the …

India | Banking

Piramal

Part of the Piramal Enterprises Group, one of India’s most celebrated companies focuses heavily on research and development in a number of healthcare areas. From critical care and lab diagnostics to vitamins and pharmaceutical glass packaging, the firm aims to …

India | Pharmaceuticals

DrillTechniques

Enjoying exceptional growth rates over the past couple of years, one the Australian mining sector’s latest entrants has impressed since its establishment in 2008. A developer and importer of equipment for drilling and rigs, the company’s engineering standards have set …

Australia | Drilltechniques

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Estimated to be worth around $10trn, 81-year-old Saudi Arabian Oil Company is seen as one of the most valuable oil businesses globally, responsible for one in every eight barrels of oil produced. Commonly known as Aramco, its operations include manufacturing, …

Saudia Arabia | Energy

Barents Re

One of the world’s leading independent reinsurance groups, Barents Re was founded in 1996 in Panama. Operating across the world out of regional hubs that now include Paris, Miami, Beirut, Rome and London, the company offers a wide range of …

Panama | Insurance

Advanced Innovation Centre Chile

One of Chile’s most celebrated organisations – for ingenuity, as well as scientific and technical developments – AIC has been recognised across the globe for a number of revolutionary technologies and its proprietary innovation model. The firm received global acclaim …

Chile | Technology

Petrobras

Latin America’s largest company is, as ever, driven by the challenge of meeting the world’s insatiable, growing appetite for energy, and it plays an important part in both the global energy market and the regional economy. Petrobras currently has more …

Brazil | Energy

Carlos Brito, CEO, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Stanford MBA graduate Brito became CEO of Anheuser-Busch in 2008 following InBev’s successful takeover of the firm, which created the large-scale multinational powerhouse it is today. Under his stewardship, the organisation has diversified and grown throughout a number of the …

Belgium | Retail

Investment One

As one of the fastest-growing names in Nigerian financial services, Investment One is intent on becoming the country’s leading investment management firm in market insight and product innovation. Founded in 2007, and run by CEO Nicholas Nyamali (pictured), the firm …

Nigeria | Financial Services

African Guarantee Fund

Officially launched in 2011, the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) is a Pan-African financial institution owned by the African Development Bank, Danish International Development Agency and Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. AGF promotes socioeconomic development …

Mauritius | Financial Services

Gerry Schwartz, CEO, Onex

Few working in private equity and investment banking over the last three decades will have failed to hear the name of Gerry Schwartz. A pioneer in financial services, Schwartz set up buyout firm Onex in 1983 and the outfit’s growth …

Canada | Financial Services

Money Square Japan

Since its inception in 2002, Money Square Japan’s involvement in foreign exchange margin trading services has been rapidly building momentum. In March this year, the company was appointed to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and it is …

Japan | Foreign Exchange

UniCredit

Italy’s UniCredit can trace its proud history back as far as 1473. Now a global banking and financial services giant, UniCredit’s global operations stretch across 50 markets in 20 countries, with more than 9,000 branches and almost 150,000 members of …

Italy | Banking

CBRE

The world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in 2013, CBRE is unswerving in its dedication to maximising the value of its clients’ real estate. Working with a variety of occupiers, investors and developers, its 44,000 employees provide …

US | Real Estate

Sanlam

One of South Africa’s leading financial services groups has a history dating back to 1918, when it was established initially as a life insurance company. Sanlam is dedicated to providing quality financial solutions to individuals, businesses and institutions of all …

South Africa | Financial Services

Accenture

This management consulting, technology services and outsourcing market leader has operations and offices in more than 200 cities in 56 countries. Accenture combines unparalleled experience across those industries with extensive business research in order to assist its clients in achieving …

Republic Of Ireland | Consultancy

Chua Sock Koong, CEO, SingTel

Chua Sock Koong (pictured) is the Group CEO of Singaporean telecoms company SingTel, the country’s largest telecoms provider. She is arguably one of the most important businesswomen in the entire continent. Her decision to invest $500m of SingTel’s money into …

Singapore | Telecoms

Unilever

The Anglo-Dutch multinational specialises in producing products including food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. With over 400 household brands – such as Dove, Axe, and even Ben and Jerry’s – among its collection, it is easy to see …

Netherlands | Retail

Lei Jun, CEO, Xiaomi

Riding on the success of smartphone maker Xiaomi, Lei Jun’s net worth, in the space of a mere 12 months, has jumped astronomically from $1.5bn to $4.6bn, according to reports. Since he founded the company in 2010, Jun has spoken …

China | Technology

Noah Holdings

Chinese wealth management provider Noah Holdings is an established leader in its field, with 57 branches across China and a growing client base that saw a 32.6 percent year-on-year increase and now totals over 60,000. Founded in 2005, the Shanghai-based …

China | Financial Services

Janet Yellen, Chair, US Federal Reserve

The US Federal Reserve’s first female chief walked into the job with a mammoth task ahead of her. With the economy seemingly running out of fiscal tools to encourage growth, few envied her the charge of reigniting a country on …

US | Banking

Sinopec

Beijing-based Chinese oil and gas company Sinopec is the fifth-largest company in the world in terms of revenue and the company is firmly established as a world-leader in its field. Sinopec saw strong sales growth of 6.8 percent between the …

China | Energy

UBS

The imprint of one of the world’s oldest financial services providers is seen throughout most markets. Having felt the subprime mortgage crisis more than most, the firm has since shown great signs of recovery, managing to reframe asset management and …

Switzerland | Financial Services

Telefónica

One of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, with an active presence in 24 countries and more than 315 million customers, Telefónica operates under such universally recognised brands as Movistar, O2 and Vivo, among others. The company’s plans to …

Spain | Telecoms

Kuwait International Bank

Kuwait International Bank is a leading Islamic banking institution, originally founded in 1973 as a specialised real estate bank. It went on to dominate that sector before converting in 2007 into a fully fledged sharia-compliant bank offering a complete set …

Kuwait | Banking

FxPro

One of a number of firms to latch onto the growing retail foreign exchange market, FxPro is widely considered to be the forerunner in the sector across European markets. The firm offers market maker and agency services, and has been …

UK | Foreign Exchange

Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo

When a 39-year-old Marissa Mayer joined Google in 1999 as the search engine’s first female engineer, she transformed it from a start-up with 19 employees to the multi-billion dollar player of today. Brought on board at ailing Yahoo in 2012 …

US | Technology

Nomura

Japan’s financial conglomerate Nomura Group has grown to become one of the country’s leading banks in the 90 years it has been in operation. Based in Tokyo, but with operations spread across the globe, Nomura specialises in brokerage, banking, and …

Japan | Financial Services

Sasol

With a diversified range of energy outputs, Sasol is widely considered to be a pioneer and front-runner of African energy markets. The firm has developed many product streams, from liquid fuels to high-value chemicals and low-carbon electricity. Based in South …

South Africa | Energy

Dhipaya Insurance

Bangkok-based Dhipaya has been providing insurance – including for the aviation, motor, travel, public property and health sectors – for 63 years. In 2013, the company underwent expansion, joining with other leading businesses such as Thailand’s Standard Chartered Bank to …

Thailand | Insurance

KPMG

A member of the ‘Big Four’ group of leading international auditors, KPMG offers a wide range of accountancy services to clients across the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs well over 155,000 people that work in its three …

Netherlands | Consultancy

Magellan Maritime Services

Germany’s Magellan Maritime Services is one of the world’s leading container leasing and trading companies. Launched in 1995 in Hamburg, the company has since expanded, now boasting operations around the world, including offices in Basel, Chicago and Shanghai. Magellan Maritime …

Germany | Transport And Logistics

ANZ

With 175 years of experience, ANZ is already arguably the market leader in Australia and New Zealand. However, recent expansion efforts across the Asia Pacific region, and plans to source up to 30 percent of its earnings from the Asia …

Australia | Banking

United Securities

With brokerage, asset management, mutual fund and other trading facilities, United Securities is a leading investment management house, and is helping open Oman up to the trading world. The firm’s portfolio management, equity and corporate finance advice are well regarded …

Oman | Financial Services

Vivendi

A multinational mass media and telecommunications company, Vivendi is one of France’s most successful private institutions. Based in Paris, Vivendi specialises in music, television, film, telecommunications and the internet. Operating since 1853, the company now has holdings all over the …

France | Telecoms

Itaú Unibanco

When two of Brazil’s biggest financial institutions merged in 2008, it seemed natural they would come to form Latin America’s largest bank, boasting 96,000 employees and operations in 20 countries. Offering credit, investments and insurance expertise and support to a …

Brazil | Banking

John E Taylor, Executive Chairman, Surfline Communications

The founder of two successful organisations, John Taylor has contributed significantly to the Ghanaian economy. Woodfields Energy Resources (formerly Cirrus Energy Services) was established in 1999 and became a leader in domestic energy markets. Surfline Communications, Taylor’s latest venture, has …

Ghana | Telecoms

AXA Insurance

Leading French financial services group AXA has been providing insurance to customers for almost 300 years. Its work, spanning the home, car, travel, breakdown, business and healthcare sectors, reaches 56 countries and 102 million customers. This year the group launched …

France | Insurance

NTT

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) is the largest telecommunications company in the world in terms of revenue. Employing over 240,000 skilled professionals worldwide, the Japanese telecoms company has recently begun investing heavily abroad in order to increase its presence in …

Japan | Telecoms

Shaanxi International Trust

With a focus on capital trust initiatives, Shaanxi’s main outlet has traditionally been property and real estate. However, over the past few years, the firm has expanded into hedging and diversification activities, such as foreign currency management and equity investments. …

China | Financial Services

Zurich

Considered by many as the backbone of European insurance markets, Zurich’s exposures are based in both mature and emerging economies. The company’s products are tailored to individuals as well as small enterprises and large corporations. The firm has an impressive …

Switzerland | Insurance

América Móvil

Mexican telecommunications company América Móvil is the leading player in Latin America and the third biggest globally by equity subscribers, with operations spanning 18 countries in the Americas and over 265 million mobile customers. The firm got off to a …

Mexico | Telecoms

MetLife

Based in New York, MetLife is a firmly established member of the competitive global insurance industry. The firm is a well-diversified international player, with a strong presence in Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, where it …

US | Insurance

Martin Winterkorn, CEO, Volkswagen

The biggest German automaker and second largest car firm in the world, Volkswagen is one of the country’s leading exporters. One of the most recognisable brands in the world, the vehicle manufacturer has three cars – the VW Golf, VW …

Germany | Transport And Logistics

Microsoft

Major player Microsoft has maintained its enviable position as the largest software maker in the world since it was founded in the late 1970s. The firm hit the headlines this year when it announced it was joining the wearable technology …

US | Technology

ABB

One of the world’s most recognisable brands when it comes to the fast-growing field of robotics and automotive technology, ABB’s presence in the engineering sector has completely transformed the market. With a long history of investing heavily in research and …

Switzerland | Technology

Exxon Mobil

The world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company, Exxon Mobil is headquartered in Irving, Texas. Boasting a rich history that dates all the way back to John D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, Exxon Mobil was formed, in its current …

US | Energy

Falabella

Multinational business Falabella is ranked among the biggest retail chains in Latin America. Founded in 1937 and headquartered in Chile, SACI Falabella covers all bases, from supermarkets to home stores, real estate to banking. It has subsidiaries operating across Peru, …

Peru | Retail

Dif Broker

Offering full brokerage services across different platforms and risk profiles, Dif Broker provides clients with access to different trading experiences – from CFDs to forex, ETFs and futures. Initially formed as a trading room, the firm moved online, and has …

Portugal | Financial Services

Goldman Sachs

New York-based Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869, and is now widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and prominent investment banks. Specialising in mergers and acquisitions, underwriting, asset management, and prime brokerage, as well as private equity …

US | Banking

Susquehanna International Group

Based in Pennsylvania, the privately held investment and trading outfit has interests across the world in a variety of security markets. Formed in 1987, Susquehanna International Group now has offices across the US and throughout Europe and China. With a …

US | Financial Services

Diageo

This UK-based beverage manufacturer and distributor is the largest global producer of spirits, with its products on sale in more than 180 countries around the world. Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Baileys, Crown Royal and Guinness are just a few …

UK | Retail

Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s conglomerate holding company ranks among the largest listed companies in the world, and 2014 marked a milestone when Berkshire Hathaway shares, for the first time, tipped $200,000 each. Established under another name in the early-to-mid 19th century as …

US | Financial Services

Alzahid Group of Companies

Founded as Alzahid Construction in 1951, the Alzahid Group of Companies is now an essential construction player headquartered in Saudi Arabia, but with operations in motion across the globe. Headed up by CEO Adbulrahman Alzahid (pictured), the company employs over …

Saudi Arabia | Construction And Real Estate

Petroamazonas

One of South America’s leading energy companies, Petroamazonas is engaged in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, with a strong commitment to and track record of creating sustainability in a non-renewable energy environment. Utilising the very best talent from across …

Ecuador | Energy

Aspen Pharmacare

South Africa-based Aspen Pharmacare supplies quality pharmaceuticals to more than 150 countries across six continents. Africa’s largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical products is determined to remain ahead of its competitors, and currently one in every four prescriptions dispensed in South Africa …

South Africa | Pharmaceuticals

Lakshmi Mittal, CEO, ArcelorMittal

Under the leadership of its CEO Lakshmi Mittal, Luxembourg-based steel and mining company ArcelorMittal has grown continually since it was formed in 2006 out of the merger between Indian steel giant Mittal Steel and Western European steel manufacturer Arcelor. Supplying …

Luxembourg | Manufacturing And Commodities

Rakuten

Since the company’s establishment in 1997, Japan’s Rakuten has set out to enable retailers to establish a strong presence online and reach a greater number of consumers across the globe. Pioneer of the B2B2C marketplace, over 41,000 merchants are currently …

Japan | Retail

Credit Suisse

One of the most recognisable and prestigious financial institutions in the world, Zurich-based Credit Suisse has been in operation since 1856. The company is spread across four divisions: investment banking, private banking, asset management, and a Shared Services Group that …

Switzerland | Banking

Barwa Bank

Licensed and regulated by the Qatar Central Bank, Barwa is Qatar’s fastest growing sharia- compliant banking service provider. With a total equity of QAR 6.1bn, Barwa Bank provides a full range of banking services including retail, cor- porate, commercial, business …

Qatar | Banking

Cathay Pacific

The international flag carrier of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific is one of the most recognisable airline brands in the world. The airline’s operations include flights to 188 destinations in 46 countries worldwide, as well as a number of codeshares and …

Hong Kong | Transport And Logistics

SABIC

Manufacturing giant SABIC, present in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East, is the world’s biggest producer of compounds such as MTBE and polyphenylene, and has Innovation and Technology centres all over the world. This year the company strengthened …

Saudi Arabia | Manufacturing And Commodities

Procter and Gamble

Global consumer goods company Procter and Gamble prides itself on being one of the most innovative and sustainable firms in the world. Providing its consumers – who now number over 4.6 billion – with everyday products since 1930, the company …

US | Retail

Samsung

Beginning life as a small trading company over 75 years ago, Samsung has since come to be seen as one of the world’s leading technology companies. The South Korean corporation has bolstered its leadership in the mobile, memory and OLED …

South Korea | Telecoms

Novartis

Based in Switzerland, the world’s top-selling pharmaceuticals company has time and again made groundbreaking advances in the many areas in which it works. Born of a merger between Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz in 1996, the company has since embarked on a …

Switzerland | Pharmaceuticals

Toyota

This household name is the leader in environmental technologies within the automobile industry, following the phenomenal success achieved from the evolution of its unique hybrid vehicles. Since its founding in 1937, Toyota has been devoted to manufacturing, distributing and exporting …

Japan | Transport And Logistics

Fujio Mitarai, CEO, Canon

Fujio Mitarai joined Tokyo-based Canon in 1961 as an accountant, and became president and CEO of Canon USA in 1979. He returned to Canon Japan in 1989 when the company was operating at a loss, and subsequently took measures to …

Japan | Technology

WOR(l)D

Improving people’s lives, offering unequalled business opportunities and creating revolutionary products: these are the pivotal focuses of WOR(l)D and its enterprising CEO Fabio Galdi (pictured). The company is launching the latest generation of wearable technology with its ‘Space’ brand, and …

US | Technology

ATandT

One of the leading telecoms companies in the US, ATandT has become integral to the digital revolution in the country over the last two decades, and enjoyed consolidated revenues of $128bn in 2013. The largest provider of fixed telephone services …

US | Telecoms

Glencore

Anglo-Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company Glencore is one of the world’s 10 largest companies, with operations stretching across the globe. Created as a result of the 1994 management buyout of Marc Rich + Co AG, Glencore now has …

Mining | Mining

HSBC

First established in 1865 to bridge the financing gap that existed between Asia and the West, HSBC has since become one of the largest financial services organisations in the world, serving 52 million customers across 74 countries and territories. The …

UK | Banking

Murex

Providing innovative technological platforms, Murex is a forerunner in its sector. The organisation designs and implements integrated trading, risk management and post-trade solutions, continually researching to stay ahead of the game. Murex relies on close collaboration with clients, established on …

France | Technology

PZU Group

PZU Group is one of the oldest and largest insurance groups in Poland, offering a wide range of insurance and finance products in a number of insurance areas. The group has one of the most extensive sales networks within Poland, …

Poland | Insurance

Jack Ma, Founder and Chairman, Alibaba

After seeing through the largest IPO in history by placing Alibaba on the New York Stock Exchange, Jack Ma’s management of the group has seen its company value hit astronomical levels this year. Raising $21.8bn, the IPO made Ma one …

China | Technology

Sony

One of Japan’s most well-known and successful conglomerates, Sony has been at the forefront of consumer electronics for much of the 68 years it has been in operation. Based in Tokyo, the company experienced rapid expansion during the 1960s into …

Japan | Technology

Austbrokers

Ranking among the top general insurance broking groups in Australia, Austbrokers Holdings has pioneered its dynamic ‘owner driver’ model in the country’s insurance industry. Launched in 1985, the company has continually invested in its infrastructure and technology, ensuring that its …

Australia | Insurance

Commonwealth Bank

KBL European Private Bankers (KBL epb), founded in 1949, is headquartered in Luxembourg with a pan-European presence in nine countries. Spearheaded by Group CEO Jacques Peters and with approximately 2,000 employees, €41bn in assets under management, and €39bn in assets …

Australia | Banking

Larry Page, CEO, Google

Google’s co-founder and CEO has overseen a number of key acquisitions at the company this past year – among them Nest Labs, artificial intelligence company DeepMind Technologies, and Dropcam – and is the mastermind behind the Google 2.0 project. With …

Us | Technology

Gail Kelly, CEO, Westpac

Westpac employs more than 36,000 people around the world and is ranked among the top five listed companies by market capitalisation on the Australian Securities Exchange. Founded almost two centuries ago, Westpac’s various services now stretch the length and breadth …

Australia | Banking

BNP Paribas

Paris-based BNP Paribas boasts an employee base of around 185,000 employees across 75 countries and has consistently posted impressive results across the entirety of its business activities, despite often-challenging market conditions. Moody’s awarded the bank an A1 rating and a …

France | Banking

Optiver

Dutch-owned and based in Sydney, Optiver is one of the world’s most accomplished high frequency trading outfits. It looks for arbitrage through seeking out and pursuing market imperfections. With offices in the US, Australia and the Netherlands, the firm aims …

Australia | Financial Services

Apple

Silicon Valley leader Apple has consistently ranked among the world’s most valuable companies, with market capitalisation heading towards $500bn, and is rivalled in the tech sphere only by fellow giant Google. 2014 turned out to be another highly successful year, …

US | Technology

Mohammad Nasr Abdeen, CEO, Union National Bank

As CEO of Union National Bank – one of the leading banks in the UAE and the only bank owned by the governments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai – Mohammad Nasr Abdeen is as dynamic and success-driven as the organisation …

UAE | Banking

ICBC

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) came in at number one on Forbes’ Global 2000 list of the world’s biggest public companies in 2013, and remains the largest bank worldwide in terms of assets and market capitalisation. ICBC …

China | Banking

Blackstone

With $80bn of assets under management, Blackstone is hands down the largest real estate private equity operation in the world. The firm’s offerings cover Europe, Asia and the US, giving it a truly global presence and convenience in the markets …

US | Real Estate

Sunil Mittal, CEO, Bharti Enterprises

Award-winning Indian entrepreneur Sunil Mittal has an impressive CV, serving on a number of committees including the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council. This year Mittal was chosen as Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum …

India | Telecoms

AngloAmerican

One of the world’s largest mining companies, with operations spanning the globe, AngloAmerican has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 1917. It is now a world leader in the production of platinum and diamonds, though its …

US | Mining

Allianz

The Allianz Group is a giant of the insurance world. It employs approximately 148,000 people worldwide and serves around 83 million customers in over 70 countries. As the world’s largest insurance company (2013) and one of the largest asset management …

Germany | Insurance

Wells Fargo

Employing one in every 500 working Americans and serving one in three US households, Wells Fargo boasts an extensive network of dedicated staff and customers. A self-proclaimed ‘community-based, diversified financial services company’, the multinational corporation remains customer-focused, providing banking services …

US | Banking

Morgan Stanley

Investment bank Morgan Stanley has secured a firm grounding as one of the world’s top financial institutions since its founding in 1935. The company has been rebuilding its business model with a greater focus on retail brokerage and has doubled …

US | Banking

Magna International

Headquartered in Canada, the international automotive supplier has operations in 29 countries, including 317 manufacturing operations and 83 product development, engineering and sales hubs. The firm climbed to third place on the Automotive News Top Supplier list in 2014 and …

Canada | Manufacturing And Commodities

Amazon

Opening its virtual doors in 1998, this Seattle-based internet giant is one of the best known household names of the 21st century. Initially an online bookshop, Amazon has gradually expanded its range to become one of the most convenient places …

Us | Retail

Deutsche Post DHL

Building on successful growth generated around the turn of the century, Deutsche Post DHL has continually innovated customer delivery and service by grasping technological advances and pursuing outstanding levels of project management. The firm’s supply chain management system, for which …

Germany | Transport And Logistics