11 Leading Out Executives Around the World

From real estate to media, out professionals are excelling across all industries. To recognize and celebrate their success, OUTstanding and the Financial Times have teamed up to put together a list of the 100 top LGBTQ executives around the world. Here are the 11 business leaders who topped this year's list:

1. Gigi Chao

Gigi Chao is the Executive Vice Chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings OUTstanding

Gigi Chao is the Executive Vice Chairman of Hong Kong-based real estate company Cheuk Nang Holdings Limited. She is also is a founding member of LGBTQ charitable organization Big Love Alliance.

2. Inga Beale

Lloyd's Of London CEO Inga Beale
Inga Beale poses for a photograph following a Bloomberg Television interview in London on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Bloomberg via Getty Images

Inga Beale, the Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd's of London, is the first female CEO in the company's 327-year history.

3. Alan Joyce

Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce Presents Half-Year Results
Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airways, at a news conference in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 23, 2016. Brendon Thorne / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Alan Joyce is CEO of Qantas, Australia's national airline. He is also a member of Male Champions of Change, a group of Australian CEOs who work to diversify business at the executive level.

4. Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt speaks at Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women In The World Summit
Martine Rothblatt speaks during Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on April 8, 2016 in NYC. Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Martine Rothblatt is the CEO of Maryland-based biomedical company United Therapeutics. She's also a published writer, having written "Apartheid of Sex: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Gender."

5. Stacey Friedman

Stacey Friedman, JP Morgan General Counsel OUTstanding

Stacey Friedman is General Counsel of banking and financial services company JP Morgan. She is also actively involved with a number of nonprofits, including , SAGE, ACLU and the National Center for Law & Economic Justice.

6. David Furnish

David Furnish wearing Burberry Menswear
David Furnish attends the Burberry Menswear January 2016 Show on January 11, 2016 in London Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

David Furnish is the CEO of Rocket Entertainment Group. He also happens to be married to music icon Elton John and serves as Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

7. Jonathan Mildenhall

Jonathan Mildenhall, Chief Marketing Officer of Airbnb
Jonathan Mildenhall attends the Fast Company celebration of the launch of Co.Create on June 7, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Jonathan Mildenhall is the Chief Marketing Officer of lodging marketplace Airbnb. He was named "Marketer of the Year" by the New York Advertising Club in 2016.

8. Liz Bingham

EY Partner Liz Bingham OUTstanding

Liz Bingham is a Partner at multinational professional services firm EY. In June, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Bath due to her work surrounding workplace inclusivity.

9. Mary Portas

Mary Portas arrives at the Xiao Li show at London Fashion Week
Mary Portas arrives at the Xiao Li show during London Fashion Week at Brewer Street Car Park on February 23, 2016 in London Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Mary Portas is the Executive Creative Director of the Portas Agency, a creative communications firm. She has been an active member of UK's LGBTQ-rights group Stonewall for a decade.

10. Louis Vega

Louis Vega presents Team USA Awards
Louis Vega presents an award during the Team USA Awards presented by Dow on September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Nick Wass / Getty Images for USOC

Louis Vega is a Vice President at Dow Chemical Company. He proudly embraces both his sexual identity and his Latin American heritage.

11. Peter Arvai

Prezi CEO Peter Arvai. OUTstanding

Peter Arvai is the founder and CEO of Prezi, a presentation software company. He is currently the only openly gay CEO in Hungary.

For more information about these out executives or to check out the full list of top LGBTQ business leaders, visit OUTstanding's website.

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