1. Gary Liu, Hong Kong
CEO, the South China Morning Post
Harvard-educated Gary Liu cut his teeth in Silicon Valley at tech giants including Google and Spotify before moving to Hong Kong in 2016 to take the helm at the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Since then, he has been on a mission to turn Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper into a global media brand, leading a total redesign of the broadsheet and website, as well as launching three new products: Inkstone, a daily digest of China-focused stories; Goldthread, a publication exploring culture in China; and Abacus, which is focused on China’s tech industry. Under Liu’s guidance, the SCMP has also become the first publication in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies that commit to providing accurate, trustworthy news.