CEO, Shanda Interactive, China
Lots of Chinese entrepreneurs like to boast about how hard they work. Few, however, can match Chen Tianqiao, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Shanghai's Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd. Chen, 32, runs China's most successful Internet gaming company, an operator that raised $150 million in an initial public offering last year and then became the best-performing stock on the NASDAQ. Chen helped launch Shanda in 1999, the same year he got married. But he sacrificed the big party that is de rigueur in China because of his workload at Shanda. "I didn't have time," he says.
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