James — who oversees the media empire’s Europe and Asia assets including British newspapers The Sun, Times, Sunday Times and News of the World — first suprised detractors by turning around BSkyB.
What we didn’t know was he’s also a black belt in karate. What we do know is he, like Rupert, rarely flinches from a fight. Ask the BBC, or Virgin Media. Like another mogul, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, he also dropped out of Harvard.
In this year’s Guardian list, James makes it to no. 2 behind Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and ahead of his dad at No. 5.