Stefan Rover

CEO -- Brokat Infosystems -- Germany

Stefan Rover returned to Germany after a few years in Silicon Valley a changed person. A common tale these days perhaps, but Rover was only 14 at the time and had just finished eighth grade. Instead of preparing for a career at one of the country's conglomerates, such as Siemens, Rover did something that was very un-German in 1982: He founded his own software company. "Back then it wasn't the thing to do," says Rover, now 35.

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