Britain's Most Admired No. 8: BG Group, Frank Chapman
Chapman trousered a whopping £11m pay packet in 2008, after BG's share price rose 240% over three years. This year has proved rather more challenging, with Q3 profits down 44% to £484m and output hit by delays at its new Tunisian gas-processing plant. But Chapman is still managing to stay ahead of City expectations. Already a market leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG), BG is also developing the three huge Brazilian oil fields that it has found in the past two years.