James Watt BrewDog Male • United States of America
James was named Great British Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. He is also one of only a few people in Europe to hold the Master Cicerone5 designation, which is reserved for only the most devoted beer experts. He was awarded the MBE in 2016 as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours list. BrewDog was nine years old at this point, with a 360-person workforce, 26 bars across the UK and Europe, and over 14,000 shareholders. Among his more recent accomplishments are a number of publishing deals. James co-wrote BrewDog: Craft Beer for the People and Business for Punks: Break All The Rules – The BrewDog Way. Both of these books demonstrated BrewDog's impact on the beer industry from a business and marketing standpoint, while also emphasizing the importance of exceptional quality products in a world dominated by mainstream beer. However, times were changing, and James was at the forefront, paving the way and redefining the beer world.