Achievements: CEO and co-founder of the Acer Group, Shih is responsible for building up one of the world's biggest computer and peripheral makers while overseeing 120 different businesses with 34,000 employees worldwide. A native of Taiwan, Shih is one of the pioneers of the PC business in Taiwan and helped bring the country's economy into the modern industrial age. His vision to see every computer, no matter the brand, contain Acer components led the company to a sales relationship with all the top computer manufacturers and the company's own status as the third largest computer manufacturer in the world.
Today: Shih retired from Acer in 2004 and turned his focus to local charities and Aspire Park, the imaginative community he helped build in Taiwan as a way to nurture the technology industry. In 2007 he was appointed as the special representative of President Chen Shui-bian to the APEC Australia, and made headlines in recent years over his comments about the "short-term phenomena" of tablets and Microsoft's foray into hardware.