“The thing that really sticks – and when you talk to entrepreneurs, they say the same – is just thinking about the next day, the next week.”

Ana Botin is the Executive Chairman of the Santander Group. She has had a strong focus on entrepeneurs by backing small enterprise and women-owned businesses. Listed within the top 10 of Power Women in 2019, she has helped Santander become one of the most profitable and efficient banks in the world, serving over 140 million customers worldwide.

Nationality: Spanish

Industry: Banking

Q: Question on being a woman in finance

A: “Two weeks ago I was in Paris at a meeting of the 100 largest banks in the world. Do you know how many women there were out of the 100? Three. I defend diversity of all types and we’re nowhere near arriving at gender diversity at upper levels in finance and companies.”