Decision-maker: Paddy Rodgers, chief executive Euronav

It’s easy to become a shipowner, Commodore Paddy Rodgers told a conference in New York last year, “but it’s hard to stop being one”. The chief executive (CEO) of Euronav, an owner and operator of very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and Suezmaxes, brings a lawyer’s forensic rigour to shipping at a time when painting big pictures appears to be in vogue, and a deep appreciation of how markets work. 21 years after joining the Antwerp-headquartered business, he’s “still trying to escape”.