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  • Age
    39
  • Title
    Global head of Sandoz
  • Company
    Novartis

He’s lived on four continents, travels yearly to 25 countries, and has scaled the peaks of the pharma business to stand atop the second-biggest generic-drug operation in the world, yet George still makes time to take his oldest daughter swimming on weekends. His focused approach has seen him take Sandoz, which did $9.5 billion in revenue last year, into biosimilars. His prescient investment in biosimilars, or generic biologic drugs, has given Sandoz more than 50% of the hot market, and will probably reverse a recent dip in sales growth. It’s a gene thing: The apple didn’t fall far from the tree — his father is Bill George, the best-selling author and former Medtronic CEO, who lectures on leadership at Harvard Business School. –M.K.

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