Finance: K.V. Kamath

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Finance: K.V. Kamath

Age: 62
CEO, ICICI Bank

Kundapur Vaman Kamath is responsible for setting India's largest private sector bank on a scorching growth path at home and overseas. ICICI Bank has the highest exposure overseas among Indian banks: It has 25% of its consolidated banking assets in international business. The bank came under severe pressure last October, due to a marginal exposure to the global subprime crisis, but Kamath, supported by India's finance minister and the central bank governor, deftly steered the bank out of choppy waters. Kamath steps down as CEO next month and is likely to be appointed chairman.