Samuel Allen

With nine years at global private equity firm KKR, experience at other large companies including AT&T and McKinsey, and degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford, it’s safe to say that American-born, Hong Kong-based Sam is an expert in finance. Now, as the recently appointed CEO of Compare Asia Group, Sam aims to use that expertise to raise the level of financial literacy for everyone in the Asia-Pacific region.  With investment from the likes of the equally up-and-coming Nova Founders Capital (the brainchild of Stefan Bruun, also on this list), it’s a good bet that they might just get there. 

Secret to Success: A clever combination of plenty of drive and a dose of American charm.