Chang, 96, is a pioneer in Singapore’s maritime sector, having started Pacific International Lines (PIL) with just two vessels in 1967. By taking risks that no one else would — whether it was breaking into the China market or operating in the Middle East during the first Gulf War — he has built a reputation for being able to operate in the most trying of environments. Chang’s bravado has helped him develop PIL into the 18th largest container shipping line in the world, with 200 vessels in its fleet.
Company:Pacific International Lines
Net worth:US$2.4 billion