Hugo Barra

Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra and Mittoo, patriotic bunny mascot of Xiaomi, at the company's headquarters in Beijing. Xiaomi is one of China's largest electronics companies.Photograph by Tony Law — Redux
  • Age
  • Title
    Vice President
  • Company
    Xiaomi Global

Years after initially getting turned down for a job at Google, Brazil-born Barra found himself in a plum perch leading the search giant’s mobile aspirations as vice president of Android. It came as a surprise when in late 2013 Barra announced he was leaving Google for the then relatively unknown Chinese startup Xiaomi—tech’s no. 2 unicorn, valued at $46 billion. As vice president, Barra is tasked with leading the company into uncharted territory by ushering its inexpensive products to new international markets—growth areas that are more critical than ever for Xiaomi as China’s smartphone penetration reaches all time highs.