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Charlie Scharf

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: CEO of Visa

Born: April 24, 1965, New York City

Education: BA, Johns Hopkins University; MBA, New York University

Early Marker: Scharf was the head of retail financial services at JPMorgan Chase and longtime protégé of CEO Jamie Dimon.

Big Idea: In his first stab at running a public company and working outside a bank, Scharf has to manage the delicate relationships with millions of merchants and steer VISA through rising competition from nontraditional payment companies, such as PayPal and emerging online disruptors.

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