5) Bradley Jacobs

Title: CEO XPO Logistics

Jacobs has been shaking up the road transport and logistics market in the US since he bought Express-1 Expedited Solutions in 2011 and renamed it XPO Logistics.

He believes that the industry is ripe for consolidation due to its fragmented nature and he’s been sourcing funds and acquiring businesses ever since. It’s something he’s been doing his entire career: before buying XPO he built United Rentals, the largest construction and commercial equipment rental firm in the US, and in 2003 the New York Times estimated that he had made about 500 acquisitions over 10 years and raised $4 billion in capital.

So when Jacobs acquired Norbert Dentressangle in April you know he means business. He’s already described Europe and “interesting” when it comes to further acquisitions. There is every chance he could buy in the UK.

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