Somphote Ahunai

Founder & CEO

Thailand’s push into green energy has seen several victors, chief among them Somphote, 48. The former securities trader owns a 40-percent stake in Thai-listed renewable energy firm Energy Absolute, which he started in 2008 and took public a mere five years later. The company which produces biodiesel and operates solar plants, is investing more than US$550 million on new solar and wind power projects.

Company:

Energy Absolute

Net worth:

US$1.35 billion