Mark Lennihan—AP
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Su’s strategic vision to lift Advanced Micro Devices from near-bankruptcy to the pinnacle of PC processors has taken a few years to realize. But now that the high-performance Zen chip design AMD first envisioned six years ago is in its third generation of actual products, sales are booming, reaching almost $9 billion over the past 12 months, a 44% gain from the prior year. And AMD’s stock price, under $2 a share in 2016, recently crossed $85—giving the company a stock market value of more than $100 billion. Su is looking to stoke further gains by using AMD’s stock to buy rival Xilinx for $35 billion to crack the chip market for cars and 5G mobile devices.