John Bond

Chairman -- HSBC Holdings -- Britain

He answers his own phone and shuns taxis in favor of the London Underground. John R.H. Bond must be one of Europe's most frugal bankers. The chairman of Britain's HSBC Holdings earns an annual salary of $1.1 million--far less than many of his peers and not even the highest at his own institution. By setting an example, Bond is furthering his goal of building the globe's most profitable bank.

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