1. Lawrence Ho
Hong Kong, Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd.
The son of Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho, Lawrence spent his formative years in Canada—from Grade 3 to his 1999 University of Toronto graduation. Business is booming at his City of Dreams hotel and casino in Macau, with plans to build a $2-billion gambling resort called Studio City in 2015. He’s known in the gaming industry as a first mover, aggressive about expansion: just this year he’s made significant investments in Russia, the Philippines and Japan.