World of Forbes

Around the planet, our 36 li­censed edi­tions span five con­ti­nents, 28 lan­guages and 24 time zones. They share the same mis­sion: cel­e­brat­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial cap­i­tal­ism in all its forms.


Around the globe with our 36 in­ter­na­tional edi­tions.


Af­ter a heart at­tack in 2008, Niko­lai Sabev adopted Bud­dhism and ex­pects his clients can find Zen, too. The e-com­merce lo­gis­tics plat­forms built by his Econt will make Bul­gar­i­ans richer, he says, and then “they will have time for spir­i­tu­al­ity.”


Art Paris, the con­tem­po­rary fair held at the Grand Palais that wel­comed more than 60,000 vis­i­tors in 2019, re­turned in Septem­ber as one of Europe’s first ma­jor events in months, lim­it­ing crowds to 3,000 at a time.


Af­ter earn­ing a bio­chem­istry Ph.D. from the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati and do­ing a stint at Pfizer, Sa­man­tha Du started Shang­hai-based pharma com­pany Zai Lab in 2014; it now has a $6 bil­lion mar­ket cap.


Sev­enth on Forbes Ge­or­gia’s list of 12 postSoviet coun­tries’ high­est­paid lead­ers, Ge­or­gia’s pres­i­dent, Salome Zoura­bichvili, earns $2,222 per month, all of which she redi­rects to a foun­da­tion.


José Silva is plan­ning a $30 mil­lion fac­tory to pro­duce painkiller­s and add some 300 jobs in Luanda, the An­golan cap­i­tal— grow­ing the MonizSilva phar­macy chain and med­i­cal-sup­ply dis­trib­u­tor he started in 1998.


Bo­gotá’s first fe­male mayor, Claudia López (top left), fronts Forbes Colom­bia’s first Power Women edi­tion. Her goals seem to ex­tend well be­yond lo­cal gov­ern­ment: “I have no doubt that in this decade there will be a woman pres­i­dent in Colom­bia.”


The EU and China have re­newed an agree­ment for 2021 that Greece badly wanted: It of­fers some pro­tec­tion to foods like Greece’s olives, wine and ouzo from those sell­ing knock­off goods.


Founded by a trio of high school class­mates, the startup Book Your Room rents idle meet­ing spa­ces and school gym­na­si­ums through­out Vi­enna.


“The fash­ion in­dus­try was in chaos,” says Deanna Canedo Patiño, re­flect­ing on the im­me­di­ate con­se­quences of the pan­demic. Now she’s plan­ning growth into Europe and Latin Amer­ica for her fam­ily’s maker of al­pacaand llama-based clothes, Beatriz Canedo Patiño.


Fi­nance Min­is­ter Kon­stanti­nos Petridis re­vised his year-end eco­nomic fore­cast based on gov­ern­ment aid and in­creas­ing con­sump­tion. Pub­lic debt will shrink by 4%, fol­lowed by re­strained gov­ern­ment spend­ing in 2021.


Dávid Boross, 40, and his brothers took over their par­ents’ Oázis Gar­den Cen­ters five years ago. The Budapest fran­chise has grown to 24 lo­ca­tions and tar­gets green-thumbed young peo­ple.


Pastalinda’s fac­tory can’t keep up with ris­ing de­mand for its $239 at-home noo­dle-mak­ing ma­chines, deemed es­sen­tial man­u­fac­tur­ing dur­ing the pan­demic. “No mat­ter how much stock we add to the web, it runs out in five hours,” says pres­i­dent Jonathan Romero.


The pan­demic boosted São Paulo–based iFood’s cor­po­rate ac­counts, with which com­pa­nies can load cred­its for em­ploy­ees to or­der lunch de­liv­ered wher­ever they’re work­ing.


When a cus­tomer can­celed a pur­chase of 11 Czech-made Petrof pi­anos af­ter they were al­ready built, bil­lion­aire Karel Komárek, his wife Štěpánka Komárková and his foun­da­tion swooped in to buy the in­stru­ments and do­nate them to lo­cal schools.


Salil Parekh, CEO of In­fosys, has spent the past months shift­ing about 240,000 em­ploy­ees of the IT firm to home offices and land­ing a deal with Van­guard that’s re­port­edly worth $1.5 bil­lion.


In the first half of 2020, de­mand for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals dropped in In­done­sia as peo­ple avoided vis­it­ing doc­tors and hos­pi­tals. But sales at CEO Ir­wan Hi­dayat’s herbal-medicine and sup­ple­ments maker, Sido Mun­cul, rose to al­most

$100 mil­lion.


Small ar­ti­san shoe­mak­ers

in the south­east city of Masaya are qui­etly fight­ing to sur­vive the pan­demic. With fewer or­ders, Za­p­a­tería Cano owner Fran­cisca Vásquez halved her work­ers’ hours and re­duced daily pro­duc­tion from

400 pairs to 200.


Forbes Rus­sia’s list of the coun­try’s rich­est women in­cludes three who di­vorced bil­lion­aire hus­bands. In the sec­ond spot: Polina Yu­ma­sheva, ex-wife of in­dus­tri­al­ist Oleg Deri­paska. She’s

worth $300 mil­lion.


With pre­scrip­tions and med­i­cal his­tory now on­line in some ar­eas, Spain nearly met its 2020 dead­line for

dig­i­tized gov­ern­ment.


“We had no money at all for text­books, shoes or new clothes,” re­calls Gina Khoury of her youth. Now, along with her sis­ter Ra­nia, she runs a pop­u­lar dress bou­tique, Ra­nia Gina, which has made Forbes Is­rael’s list of the na­tion’s top small com­pa­nies.


Forbes Kaza­khstan

30 Un­der 30 hon­oree Bakhti­yar Azhken, 24, helped cre­ate a breath­a­lyzer-style de­vice that helps de­tect can­cer early; it’s now be­ing used as a Covid-19 di­ag­nos­tic tool.


Univer­sity of War­saw class­mates Monika Żo­chowska and Ewa Dudzic have cre­ated a mi­crofiber makeup-re­mov­ing glove. Their brand, Pheni­coptere, cur­rently does $2 mil­lion in rev­enue, ships to 60 coun­tries and has ad­di­tional prod­ucts in de­vel­op­ment.


Find­ing only im­ported baby food in Sene­gal, Siny Samba co­founded Le Lion­ceau in 2017; its purées are made of lo­cal crops such

as mil­let and cow­pea.


Thai con­glom­er­ate TOAVH is in­volved

in paint, chem­i­cals, auto parts and more. The bil­lion­aire Tangkar­avakoon

fam­ily owns it, and 45-year-old Nat­tavuth Tangkar­avakoon runs it. His par­ents chair the com­pany; his sib­lings are in­volved as well.


Tasked to turn around an in­sol­vent lender in 1993, James Mwangi po­si­tioned Nairobi-based Eq­uity for the un­banked—peo­ple like

his mother, who stored sav­ings un­der a mat­tress. To­day it serves 14 mil­lion cus­tomers in six coun­tries.


Un­til 2018, Saudi Ara­bia for­bade women from driv­ing. That didn’t stop Reema Juf­fali from be­com­ing a top race-car driver, com­pet­ing last year in the Bri­tish F4 Cham­pi­onship for the first time.


What most wor­ries Ši­mon Šicko, CEO of Pixel Fed­er­a­tion video games? Not the pan­demic, “an episode that we may for­get about in three years’ time.” In­stead, it’s that “en­vi­ron­men­tal change will

catch up with us.”


Work­ing with MIT Me­dia Lab, Valentina Su­mini, a 34-year-old Ge­noese ar­chi­tect, de­signs con­cep­tual spa­ces such as a green­house to be built on Mars.


This year brought Riga-based Doc­torOn­line a “pleas­ant bap­tism of fire,” says Santa Batuhtina-Bang,

who helped cre­ate the web­site and app. Its 130-plus

doc­tors saw tele-ap­point­ments surge from about two

per day to as many as 80.


Miche­lin-starred chef José Avillez has had to put his busi­ness on ice: His 13 restau­rants across Por­tu­gal and Dubai temporaril­y closed, and plans for one in Ma­cau have paused.


Alexey Va­datursky, 73, is boldly bet­ting on slow, costly river shipping. Spend­ing mil­lions over 10 years, his Myko­laiv-based Nibu­lon has launched a cargo fleet more

eco-friendly and smoothrid­ing than trucks and trains.


Base­ball exec Shun Kakazu has or­ders from team owner Masayoshi Son to make the cham­pion SoftBank Hawks “best in the world.” In the game plan: ex­pand­ing Ja­pan’s pro league into China.


Na­tional Au­ton­o­mous Univer­sity of Mex­ico re­searcher and engi­neer José Al­berto Ramírez Aguilar will rep­re­sent Mex­ico on Latin Amer­ica’s first space mis­sion, which will fly aboard a space­craft from Jeff

Be­zos’ Blue Ori­gin.


Last year the sis­ters be­hind Lemon In­te­rior De­sign staged Ro­ma­nia’s most ex­pen­sive apart­ment and ex­panded into of­fice build­ings. Now they’re con­sult­ing with na­tional health of­fi­cials about re­design­ing

offices for Covid-19.


Thou­sands of Korean surgery pa­tients have re­ceived 3D-printed im­plants made of bone­like ma­te­rial that de­com­poses af­ter guid­ing tis­sue to heal frac­tures. T&R Bio­fab founder Yun Won-Soo is seek­ing ap­proval for use in the U.S.


The duo be­hind Con Cung’s stores for kids and ba­bies ex­pect to triple their lo­ca­tions to 1,200 by 2023.

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