Hyuk-Bin Kwon

CEO

Kwon, 41, founded Smilegate in 2002, one of the world’s largest online and mobile gaming companies with over 500 million worldwide subscribers. In China alone, its online first-person shooter game, Crossfire, pulled in nearly US$1 billion in sales last year. Kwon owns 100 percent of Smilegate — not bad for someone who could not make a profit early on and nearly closed up shop. When Smilegate merged with Chinese Internet giant Tencent in 2008, fortune began to turn in Kwon’s favour. 

Company:

Smilegate

Net worth:

US$3.5 billion