For ASX100 chiefs, experience in the US or Europe is a common ticket to leadership. But few have worked in Asia — and none have studied there.
Toby Ralph has no office, no job title and no qualms about spinning for the forces of darkness. Tobacco companies, the nuclear waste industry and banks wanting to kill off the four pillars policy are some of the flamboyant freelancer's controversial past clients.
Australia's prince of postal services, Ahmed Fahour, isn't nearly as powerful as Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens – but he earns more than twice as much.
Don't like executives' soaring pay levels and big bonuses? Then sell your shares. That's the answer, according to business highflyer Don Argus.
Life just keeps getting busier for former Treasury secretary Ken Henry. As well as writing a white paper for the Gillard government on Australia's engagement with Asia, he is now a member of the National Australia Bank board.