Ding Xuedong

Chairman, China Investment Corporation (CIC) | China

For directing massive Chinese capital flows stateside.

As the head of China's massive $575 billion sovereign wealth fund, Ding Xuedong oversees a team that searches the world for investments that will maximize returns as well as China’s national interests — and U.S. assets are definitely on that list as the U.S. economy recovers. Chinese money is now often viewed with suspicion stateside, so CIC’s next U.S. plays are likely to encounter strong American pushback, fair or not.