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CHUNG MONG-KOO, Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group

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Through sheer force of will, Chung, 73, has transformed Hyundai and Kia from scoffed-at also-ran brands into global powerhouses that have rivals -- both Japanese and American -- on the ropes. What's more, Chung did it through painstaking attention to quality, technology and design, not by simply chasing raw volume. The Hyundai Equus has pushed the brand into luxury sedan territory, while top quality marks for mass-market nameplates such as the Hyundai Sonata awarded it with top-tier customer loyalty.

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