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Pierre Chao

61 - Pierre Chao
2012 Rank: 65

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
While management consultants have endured hard times as US defense spending has dropped, Chao’s Renaissance Strategic Advisors has continued to expand. The company’s computer model for expected defense spending has proved a popular data set as contractors struggle to map their business future in the midst of Washington’s spending uncertainty. Chao, 47, honed his skills on Wall Street as a top analyst who also earned a reputation as an equally respected investment banker. He then became the founding defense industry fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies when he joined numerous government advisory panels, such as the Defense Business Board. His private defense investment firm, Enlightenment Capital, also ramped up quickly, backing three fast growing companies.

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