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Ai WeiWei

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei and his dissention towards the Chinese government is still unfolding and many fear for his future in China. But Ai is torn by the call to move abroad, afraid that such a move would mean permanent exile from home and by the strong sense that he owes it to a lot of people to continue to experience, transmit, and question the reality of life within China's limits

Alan Sainsbury

Alan Sainsbury

He was a true innovator in the retail sector, and a campaigner with an unfailing sense of fairness that pervaded his leadership in business dealings and across political and charitable endeavours.

Ahmed Shah Masood

Ahmed Shah Masood

Now here is a controversial leadership case ..... overshadowed by the 9/11 atrocities, the murder of Ahmed Shah Masood 2 days previously is still remembered in Afghanistan, and he is still revered in the north east.

Akio Morita

Akio Morita

He is most commonly known as the man behind Sony. Originally groomed to take over the family sake- brewing company, Morita's entrepreneurial vision has created one of the technology giants of our time. Co founding the company with Masaru Ibuka, they strived to provide consumers with products of the best quality and technology available.

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa

A global cinematic leader, and as a consequence Kurosawa also become a celebrated cultural influence.

Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar

Love or hate him you have to admire the achievements of Alan Sugar. Born in 1947, his passion and enthusiasm has enabled him to rise above his humble beginnings in London’s East End to become one of the UK’s most successful businessmen, with an estimated net worth of £800 million.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

He was born on the 23rd of June 1912 in London. Turing proved to be an incredibly bright child from an early age, thriving in science and maths (much to the annoyance of Sherborne School which placed emphasis on the classics). He completed advanced problems at the age of 15 without having studied even elementary level calculus.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Conquering almost the entire known world and attempting to unite it made Alexander the Great one of the world's most successful leaders.

Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel

A leader through his groundbreaking inventions, outstanding business acumen and in his ideology. The Nobel Prize has gifted the world with an organization that serves as a pinnacle of excellence for leaders in a myriad of disciplines

Alfred P. Sloan

Alfred P. Sloan

When he was President of General Motors he led the firm into divisionalization. He created autonomous and self sufficient business units allowing for the first time real focus on individual brands to be offered to customers.

Andy Grove

Andy Grove

1997 "Man of the Year" in Time Magazine, Harvard's "Statesman of the Year" in 1996. Currently Chairman of Intel. Born in 1936 in Budapest, Andy Grove started his career at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1963.

Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick

The founder of The Body Shop was born the daughter of an Italian immigrant. A hardworking campaigner since an early age, her moral outrage was 'awoken' by a book detailing the holocaust.

Anne Mulcahy

Anne Mulcahy

She was born in October 1952 in New York and grew up in a Long Island household with four brothers. Joining Xerox in 1976 as a Sales Representative, Anne held several sales and senior management positions prior to her promotion to Chairman and Chief Executive.

Annie Besant

Annie Besant

She was born in London in 1847. Her marriage to a clergyman at the age of 19 was ill-fated, as her independent spirit clashed with his traditional views.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

On May 30 2003, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, international symbol of peace, was taken into protective custody in Myanmar.