• .
  • .
  • .
  • .
  • .
  • .


Lloyd’s List 100 most influential people in shipping.

Every industry has its movers and shakers, but few remain as personality driven as shipping. The fact that it is often called a small world may seem odd, given that more than 90% of world trade is carried by shipping and that, in terms of annual turnover, the industry is immense. But it rings true in the sense that many of the key figures in the shipping industry know each other. If they haven’t met, they certainly know each other by reputation.

In shipping, one of the few remaining industries in which your word is your bond, the character and reputation of shipping leaders is a matter of constant discussion.

But influence is an elusive and relative concept when you start drilling down into the mechanics of the industry and its diversity of sectoral interests.

While we would like to tell you that we developed a sophisticated series of algorithms to assess objectively the influence and power of all the industry personalities we considered for this list, we can’t. We make no excuses for that. The truth is that this is a highly subjective assessment born out of months of heated discussions within the Lloyd’s List newsroom, and it is based on our collective expertise and personal opinions.

Ranking the influence of a containership owner against a competition regulator or a pirate was never going to be an exact science and this supplement is therefore undoubtedly flawed in the eyes of many.

We are under no illusions that we have produced a list that everyone will agree with. No doubt there will be entries that raise eyebrows in some quarters while prompting derision in others and we are well aware that the list has notable omissions that simply would not fit into the small space that 100 entries provides. However, we hope that we have also produced an engaging and convincing series of arguments to support our view of the industry.

Our assessment, biased as it is, represents an important and illuminating study of influence in an industry where the power base is rapidly shifting and the personalities that make it such a vibrant place to work can make a real difference through their vision, skill and sheer force of personality.

Last year this list would have looked different – and we fully expect the landscape to have changed significantly when we tackle this again in the future.

We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed compiling it.

Shipping makes the world go round, but who makes shipping go round? Lloyd’s List 100:

1. Li Shenglin – Minister of Transport, China Inc
2. Nils Andersen – Chief Executive, AP Moller-Maersk
3. John Fredriksen – Shipowner, Frontline, Golden Ocean, Seadrill, Golar LNG and others
4. Garaad Mohammed – Pirate, Somilia Inc
5. Roger Agnelli – Chief Executive, Vale
6. John Angelicoussis – Shipowner, Angelicoussis Shipping Group
7. Gianluigi Aponte - Chief Executive, Mediterranean Shipping Co
8. Yasumi Kudo – President, NYK
9. Tor Olav Trøim – Chairman, Ship Finance International Ltd. Board member, Golden Ocean Group, Aktiv Kapital and Marine Harvest
10. Torsten Temp – Board member, Shipping Transport and Energy HSH Nordbank
11. Wei Jiafu - Chairman and chief executive, Cosco Group
12. Sammy Ofer - Shipowner
13. Efthimios Mitropoulos - Secretary-general, International Maritime Organization
14. Gert-Jan van den Akker - President, Cargill Ocean Transportation
15. George Economou - Founder, Cardiff Marine
16. Gao Yanming, Chairman - Hebei Ocean Shipping and North China Shipping Holdings
17. Chang Yung-fa - Founder and group chairman, Evergreen Group
18. Peter Georgiopoulos - Chairman Genmar, Genco, Baltic Trading and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network
19. Bertram Rickmers - Chairman, Rickmers Group
20. Li Ruogu - Chairman and president, Export Import, Bank of China
21. Li Shaode - President, China Shipping Group
22. Min Keh-sik - Chairman and chief executive, Hyundai Heavy Industries
23. Ivan Glasenberg - Chief executive, Glencore International
24. CC Tung – Chairman, Overseas Orient International Lines
25. Angeliki Frangou - Chairman and chief executive, Navios Maritime
26. Sergey Frank - Chief executiv, Sovcomflot
27. Claus-Peter Offen - President, Reederei Claus-Peter Offen
28. Morten Arntzen - Chief executive, Overseas Shipholding Group
29. Peter Evensen - Chief strategy officer and chief executive-elect, Teekay Corporation
30. Koichi Muto - President, Mitsui OSK Lines
31. Mohammad Souri - Chief executive, NITC
32. Jacques Saadé - Chairman, CMA CGM
33. Peter Lye - Executive general manager, Rio Tinto Marine
34. Niels Wage - Vice president, freight, BHP Billiton
35. Gerry Wang - Chief executive, Seaspan
36. Erck Rickmers - Chairman and chief executive, Nordcapital and E.R Schiffahrt
37. Tan Zuojun - President, China State Shipbuilding Corp
38. Kenichi Kuroya - President, K Line
39. Helmut Sohmen - Chairman, BW Group
40. José Sergio Gabrielli - Chief executive,Petrobras, and Sergio Machado, Chief executive, Transpetro
41. Dato Shamsul Azhar bin Abbas - President and chief executive, Petronas. Chairman, MISC Berhad
42. Fu Yuning, Chairman - China Merchants Holdings (International)
43. Kim Young-min - President and chief executive, Hanjin Shipping
44. Thanassis Martinos - Managing director, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime
45. Ron Widdows - Group president and chief executive, NOL
46. Jan Kopernicki - Vice president shipping, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co
47. Victor Restis - Chairman, Restis Group
48. Frank G Jensen - Chairman and chief executive, Clipper Group
49. Anil Sharma - Founder, president and chief executive, Global Marketing Systems
50. Kang Duk-Soo - Chairman and chief executive officer, STX Group
51. Emanuele Grimaldi - Joint managing director, Grimaldi Group
52. Andi Case - Chief executive, Clarksons
53. Alan Marsh - Chief executive, Braemar Shipping Services
54. Peter Anker and Richard Fulford-Smith – Chief executive and managing partner and Executive vice president and chief operating officer, RS Platou
55. Epaminondas G. E. Embiricos - Director, Embiricos Shipbrokers
56. John Banaszkiewicz - Managing director, Freight Investor Services
57. John Ridgway - Chief executive, BP Shipping
58. Michael Tusiani - Chairman and chief executive, Poten & Partners
59. Teo Siong Seng - President, Singapore Shipping Association. Managing director, Pacific International Lines
60. Jeremy Penn - Chief executive, The Baltic Exchange
61. Zhang Ye - President and party committee secretary, Shanghai Shipping Exchange
62. Jürgen Salamon – Managing director, Dr Peters
63. Michael Behrendt - Chief executive and Klaus-Michael Kuhne, Shareholder, Hapag-Lloyd
64. Theodore Veniamis - President, Union of Greek Shipowners
65. Jochen Döhle - President, Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG
66. Chen Feng - Chairman, HNA Group and Grand China Logistics
67. Dan Sten Olsson - Managing director and chief executive, Stena Group
68. Arne Blystad - Owner and chairman, Songa Shipping and Arne Blystad AS
69. Kostis V. Konstantakopoulos - Chairman and chief executive, Costamare Inc
70. Paul Thomas - Head of shipping, VITOL
71. Widihardja Tanudjaja - President director, Berlian Laju Tanker
72. Alberto Aleman Zubieta - Chief executive, Panama Canal Authority
73. Jones Bros - Rod Jones President and chief executive. CSL Group, Timothy Jones Chief executive. Barry Rogliano Salles, Scott Jones Chief executive. Eships
74. Roberto Giorgi - President, V.Ships
75. Peter Twiss - President and chief executive officer, Oldendorff Carriers
76. Noboru Ueda - Chairman and president, ClassNK. Chairman, International Association of Classification Societies
77. Li Kejun - Chairman and president, China Classification Society
78. Zhou Wei - President, Minsheng Financial Leasing
79. Joaquín Almunia and Fotis Karamitsos - Competition Commissioner and Maritime Transport Policy Director, European Commission
80. Gennady Timchenko and Torbjörn Törnqvist - Founders, Gunvor and Clearlake Shipping
81. Jacques de Chateauvieux - Chairman, Bourbon. Owner, Jaccar Holdings. Director, Sinopacific Shipbuilding
82. Takeshi Matsui - President and chief executive, Sanko Line
83. Yang Shaopeng - Chairman and executive director. SITC International
84. Panagiotis Tsakos - Founder, Tsakos Group
85. George Chao - Chairman, Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings
86. Klaus Nyborg - Chief executive, Pacific Basin
87. Jakob Meldgaard - Chief executive, Torm
88. Evangelos M. Marinakis – President and chief executive, Capital Maritime
89. John Meredith - Group managing director, Hutchison Port Holdings
90. Mohammed Hossein Dajmar - Chief executive, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line
91. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem - Chairman, DP World
92. Sabyasachi Hajara - Chairman and managing director, Shipping Corporation of India
93. Yalcin Sabanci - Chairman, Yasa Holdings
94. Doris Magsaysay Ho – President and chief executive, Magsaysay, Inc
95. Ole Johansson - Chief executive and president, Wärtsila
96. The Oetker family - Owners, Hamburg Süd
97. Ravi Kumar Mehrotra - Founder and principal shareholder, Foresight Shipping
98. Katsushige Kambara - President and chief executive, Tsuneishi Holdings
99. Jens Ismar - Chief executive, Western Bulk
100. Felix Tschudi - Chairman, Tschudi Shipping