Morris Chang

Chairman -- TSMC -- Taiwan

Taiwan's September earthquake made last year one of Morris Chang's toughest since he started Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in 1986. As the world's biggest contract manufacturer for computer chips, its ability to deliver is vital to Taiwan's high-tech reputation. "Taiwan's credibility was at stake," says the avuncular, pipe-smoking 68-year-old.

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