Born to Lead: Affluent Leaders Born in the Year of the Dragon

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The Dragon is one of the most powerful and fortunate symbols in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the Dragon are believed to be charismatic, confident, ambitious, and innovative. They are often leaders in their fields, inspiring others with their vision and aspirations.

Let's take a closer look at five influential leaders who were born in the Year of the Dragon. In this article, we will explore who they are and their remarkable achievements. Please keep in mind that the list is not ranked in any particular order.

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Nguyễn Thị Mai Thanh

Nguyễn Thị Mai Thanh is a Vietnamese businesswoman and the Chairman and CEO of REE Corporation, a leading company in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering, real estate, and investment. She was born on December 25, 1952, the year of the Water Dragon.

Nguyễn joined REE Corporation in 1982 as an Engineer, and she rose to the top position in 1989. Under her leadership, the company has grown from a state-owned enterprise to a publicly listed corporation, with multifarious businesses and enhanced profitability.

She is also the co-founder of Yunfeng Capital, a private equity firm that invests in technology and consumer sectors in China.

Nguyễn is one of the most successful and respected female entrepreneurs in Vietnam.

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Melinda Gates

Melinda French Gates is an American philanthropist and the Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable organisation. She was born on August 15, 1964, the year of the Wood Dragon.

French Gates worked as a Product Manager at Microsoft, where she met her former husband and also the Co-Founder of the company, Bill Gates. She and Bill Gates established the foundation in 2000, with the mission of enhancing global health alongside reducing poverty and inequality.

She is also the Founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation firm that advocates women's empowerment in the US.

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Jack Ma

Jack Ma is a Chinese entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate. He was born on September 10, 1964, the year of the Wood Dragon.

Ma founded Alibaba in 1999 as an online marketplace for small businesses. Since then, the company has expanded into various sectors, such as e-commerce, cloud computing, digital payments, entertainment, and artificial intelligence.

Jack Ma is also the founder of Ant Group, a financial technology company that owns Alipay, the most popular mobile payment platform in China. He is one of the richest and most influential people in China and the world.

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Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur and Founder, Executive Chairman, and former CEO of Amazon, the world's largest e-commerce and cloud computing company. He was born on January 12, 1964, the year of the Wood Dragon.

Bezos worked on Wall Street as a Computer Engineer and Hedge Fund Manager before founding Amazon in 1994. He started the company as an online bookstore and later branched out into selling various products and services, such as video and music streaming, online retail, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.

Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post, a leading American newspaper, and the Founder of Blue Origin, a private aerospace company that aims to facilitate human access to space.

As of January 2024, Jeff Bezos is the third-wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of about $180 billion.

Deeptha Khanna

Deeptha Khanna is an esteemed leader in the business world, holding the position of Chief Business Leader, Personal Health, EVP, and Member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips. She is also a distinguished board member and a member of the audit committee at Kimberly-Clark. She was born in 1976, the year of the Fire Dragon.

Deeptha's impressive career includes serving as the President of Johnson &  Johnson's Skin Health business and the Office of Marketing Value. During her time at Johnson &  Johnson from 2015 to 2019, she held various leadership positions in Asia and globally.

Prior to that, she spent 17 successful years at Procter & Gamble in Asia, where she held various business and marketing leadership roles. Deeptha's passion for meaningful innovation is evident in her belief that it can greatly contribute to helping families and individuals lead healthier and happier lives at home. Her dedication and expertise make her a valuable asset in the industry.

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Born to Lead: Affluent Leaders Born in the Year of the Dragon

These five influential leaders serve as evidence that being born in the Year of the Dragon appears to have an undeniable impact on people's destinies. Vladimir Putin, Melinda Gates, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos, and Nguyễn Thị Mai Thanh have achieved remarkable success in their respective fields, leaving a significant impact on the global stage.

These leaders share common traits associated with the dragon, such as charisma, confidence, ambition, and innovation. They have harnessed these qualities to inspire others, lead with vision, and make a lasting difference in their industries.

While these leaders come from diverse backgrounds and industries, their achievements highlight the influence of the dragon's spirit. Their determination, innovation, and ability to inspire others make them shining examples of how the characteristics associated with the Year of the Dragon can lead to extraordinary success.

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