Bill Gates. Warren Buffet. Steve Jobs. These are business leaders of the past two decades who have made headlines for the right reasons, creating value and driving innovation for the companies they lead and serve. Leadership at the highest level is not just about conceptualizing and creating great products and services. It is about effective branding, advertising, and product positioning. It is about creating new markets for products that consumers didn’t know they had a need for, but now wait in line anxiously to purchase.
Steve Jobs, whose recent passing saddened many entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-at-heart, exemplified many core leadership qualities. In the late 1970s, he took existing data processing technologies developed by IBM and other corporations and married them with the graphical-user-interface and mouse conceptualized a decade earlier at the Stanford Research Institute. Integrating these items into one user-friendly package, Jobs and the Apple team developed the world’s first PC.
Two decades later, Steve Jobs was back at the forefront of consumer technology, revolutionizing the portable music industry through the iPod. This in turn transformed the sales of music and video, propelling them into the digital sphere. Five years later, the iPhone represented a similar breakthrough for cell phones, creating handheld devices that offered many of the same user-friendly features of laptops and PCs. In creating these and many other products, Steve Jobs identified market opportunities and capitalized through decisive and coordinated execution.
At Leader Report, we focus on the trendsetting entrepreneurs, financial wizards, technological gurus, health care innovators, and other visionary leaders who have exerted a substantial impact on business and society. The leaders we profile on are not necessarily the biggest or the brashest. Often they are those who have quietly gone about their business, improving society in significant and under-recognized ways. Our featured leaders range from social media-driven entrepreneurs to those who have created shareholder value in the board room. Leader Report casts a light on leadership in all of its multifaceted forms, recognizing individuals who have made an impact in the corporate sphere, while bettering our everyday lives.
- Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno: Big In Healthcare
Brazilian Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno is in her early 60 and resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dulce is now divorced from her husband with whom she has one child. Before the divorced they built a healthcare empire in Brazil that have turned both of them into billionaires.
Dulce holds a PhD in management from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin and was assistant professor in the pediatrics department at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and also served there as academic dean of the undergraduate program.
She and her
- Ana Lucia de Mattos Barreto Villela: Brazilian Billionaire
Ana Lucia de Mattos Barreto Villela resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian is in her early forties. She belongs to one of the oldest banking families in Brazil who have a reputation of being low-profile. One of the largest banks in Brazil, Itau was founded by her great-grandfather. In 2008, the bank merged with Unibanco, in the process became Itau-Unibanco, which is the biggest non-state bank in all of Latin America. Her shareholdings in the bank has made her the youngest female billionaire in Brazil. Her brother Alfredo is also a
- Aldo Bensadoun: Shoe King
Aldo Bensadoun was born in 1939 in Casablanca, Morocco. His grandfather was a cobbler and his father was a shoe merchant. Aldo spent much of his childhood in France. He attended Cornell University in the US and dropped out. His father in return stopped giving Aldo his monthly allowance. To support himself Aldo sold Collier’s Encyclopedia door-to-door in Buffalo, New York. This went on for about a year and the experience enabled him to realize the importance of salesmanship and visual presentation.
After a visit to Montreal he