52. Tony Fernandes

Tune Group

Tony Fernandes's businesses have a simple mission--to serve the underserved. Since 2001, the Malaysian entrepreneur's budget airline AirAsia has flown more than 100 million passengers--many of whom couldn't afford the continent's legacy carriers--to destinations from Paris to Phnom Penh. Fernandes is using AirAsia's web traffic to jump-start a fleet of follow-ups: Tune Hotels ("Five-star beds at one-star prices"), Tune Talk (cell phones), Tune Money (insurance, prepaid Visa cards), and Tune Tone (movies and music).

Process

Watch a video trailer for Fernandes' CEO blog.

Inspiration

Watch a young Malaysian entrepreneur make a pitch to win a dinner with Fernandes.

Network

Twitter: @tonyfernandes

Facebook: Facebook.com/tonyfernandes

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