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Shemara Wikramanayake (57)

Shemara Wikramanayake (born 1962) is a businesswoman from Australia. She began her work as a lawyer, then as a banker. She was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Macquarie Group Ltd in 2018. She is also well recognised for her work in adopting innovative methods and techniques to finance low-carbon emissions, as well as her cooperation with powerful forces to attain this aim.

She has frequently campaigned for increased renewable energy production and has urged countries to quadruple renewable energy generation by 2030 in order to mitigate the worldwide consequences of climate change.

Wikramanayake was paid a total of $16.39 million in 2021, making her Australia’s highest-paid CEO. Shemara Wikramanayake is a leader in many ways, yet she still views our changing world from the eyes of everyday people and shows a strong devotion to our future generations.

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CEO of Macquarie Group

Net Worth: $30.8 million