The 2012 40 Under 40: Photo portfolio

Updated: Jul 31, 2015 10:03 PM UTC | Originally published: Oct 11, 2012

Dolf van den Brink

Age: 39
President and CEO, Heineken U.S.

40 Under 40 rank: 8
The Dutch-born, 14-year Heineken veteran has given his life to the company. In return, the job has taken him around the world. After stints in St. Maarten, the Netherlands, and the Congo -- where the second of his two daughters was born -- van den Brink took the job as U.S. CEO and settled in suburban Rye, N.Y. It's a change from the exotic locales of his corporate past, but the family man still spends as much time as he can outdoors. He favors sunset sails (shown here in New York Harbor), skiing, and wakeboarding. Indoors, he likes to watch Chinese wuxia martial arts movies. "Take time to master your discipline," he says. "Take the nitty-gritty jobs early in your professional life. You will benefit."
--Daniel Roberts

Aditya Ghosh

Age: 37
President, Indigo

40 Under 40 rank: 27
Ghosh knew nothing about the airline business when he took a job as general counsel for Indigo, then a fledgling low-cost airline in India, at age 28. But he impressed the airline's founders, who four years later gave him the top job. The Delhi native now heads the fastest-growing airline in the world's fastest-growing aviation market. The potential is huge, but Ghosh believes in pacing. And slowing down when it counts: He still finds time to take his 5-year-old son rock climbing on Sundays and to get his 4-year-old daughter dressed for school every morning. Here, Ghosh entertains Avantika (center) and Arunanshu (right) at Delhi's Bengali market.
--Omar Akhtar

Brian Chesky

Age: 31
Co-founder and CEO, Airbnb

40 Under 40 rank: 17
Soon after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Chesky moved to San Francisco to be a designer -- but a billion-dollar idea intervened. A Valley neophyte at the time ("Someone was talking about angels, and I was like, 'Oh, my God, I don't believe in angels -- these people are totally crazy,' " Chesky told Fortune), he's now the ultimate insider, taking meetings with the likes of Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos. He still sketches from time to time, as he's doing here at Brainwash, the café he and his co-founders, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk, "camped out in all day" when they were starting Airbnb. "In hindsight those days are nostalgic and romantic," he says. "But at the time it wasn't at all. It was actually very scary."
--Leigh Gallagher