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Curious George
year to $74.

With his blond hair and perfect English, Economou has led a flotilla of Greek shipowners to the U.S. capital markets. He listed DryShips on the Nasdaq in 2005. Since then 12 mostly Greek dry-bulk shipping firms have followed to New York exchanges as the sector raised $4 billion, reports Dealogic. Not that they've thanked him for helping to pave the way to Wall Street.

On the contrary, some shippers and investors have pilloried Economou for tarring the entire industry by signing controversial deals, often involving family members, that blur the lines between DryShips and his privately held Cardiff Marine, a ship management outfit. Peter Georgiopoulos, chairman of rival Genco Shipping & Trading (nyse: GNK - news - people ), blasted Economou in public recently, saying shippers like Economou "play

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