AirAsia , Group CEO
One of Asia's most recognisable entrepreneurs, Tony Fernandes is best known for co-founding AirAsia, a pioneering low-cost airline in the region. Fernandes bought the ailing, debt-ridden airline for a token RM1, turning it around within two years and growing it from a domestic Malaysian carrier into Asia's largest, most successful airline group, carrying 80 million guests a year, serving over 260 routes to more than 120 destinations across Asia Pacific. Fernandes has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career. These include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, awarded by the French government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. Fernandes studied at Epsom College and the London School of Economics in the UK, and qualified as an Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1996.