A dramatic family crisis led Pat to quit her job in advertising and strike out on her own.
Using innovative technology, Lysanne Tusar’s winery produces local wine thousands of miles from the nearest vineyard.
The Singapore baker’s love of chocolate inspired her to start a company that sold just one product.
Business: Baking Franchise
The Hong Kong restauranteur has spent the last 30 years working 14-hour days to build up her restaurant empire.
Business: Restaurant Chain
Puifung is on a mission to make trade more equitable. She pays farmers a fair price for their crops, which she uses to make drinks and snacks.
Business: Fair Trade Food
Growing up below the poverty line, Melissa learned to be resourceful. Now she runs a cutting-edge biotech firm based on ethical principles and disruptive ideas.
Business: Bio & High Technology
Elim started her company selling imported clothing and accessories after she literally sold the shirt off her back at an incredibly high price.
Business: Clothing & Accessories
Adrienne is taking the lessons she learned from her family’s traditional retail business to the web selling luxury items on her high-end e-commerce site.
Business: Fashion E-commerce
When Violet left her job to be a matchmaker, everyone said she was crazy. Now she’s behind Asia’s premier dating service.
Business: Matchmaking & Marriage
Rose ran away from home as a teenager and began selling shoes. She learned the hard way, on the job, and today sells thousands of pairs of shoes each year.