BORN: Dec. 31, 1963, Ancaster, Ont.WORKAHOLIC TENDENCIES: Graduated near the top of his class at McMaster University while working 30 hours a week on the side. He still pulls the occasional all-nighter.TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT: Telling Juniper CEO Scott Kriens he was going to Microsoft, just weeks before Kriens intended to name him Juniper's CEO.M.O.: "When something is hot, you pour gasoline on it."FAMILY: Five children, including tripletsTELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTE: When he and his wife, Nancy, adopted a daughter from China while in the U.S., Canada declined to grant the child citizenship. Elop fought the case all the way to the Prime Minister's office—and won.

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