Pierre Chen

Chairman & CEO

Chen, 57, founded Yageo in 1977 as a machine tool manufacturer. The entrepreneur combined his engineering training and business savvy to expand the company’s product range. In 1993, Yageo was the first passive components manufacturer to list on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. It is one of the world’s largest makers of chip resistors, and is known for its just-in-time service (thanks to its global production base) which helps customers lower their inventory costs.

Company:

Yageo Corp

Net worth:

US$1.92 billion