Guy Hands

Managing Director -- Nomura International -- Britain

He may not look like a shark, but he's one of Europe's shrewdest young dealmakers. Guy Hands, 40, has helped put the private equity industry on Europe's business map. The Oxford graduate walked out of Goldman Sachs International in 1994 and set up shop at the London offices of Japan's Nomura International PLC. Since then, he has notched up some $15 billion in deals as chief of Nomura International's Principal Finance Group. "He is one of the finest financial brains in the City," says a competitor.

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