Rich, young, and seemingly tireless, Ajaz Ahmed is the kind of person who makes you sick, or certainly envious, At 26 he heads up AKQA, the UK's largest remaining independent new media firm, valued last year at [pounds]26m by management consultants PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
AKQA now advises new media godfather Microsoft on its UK web site and has a client list most rivals would sell their granny for - including the likes of BMW, Orange, Sainsbury's and Durex.
Ahmed set up the firm with three friends from his youth after dropping out of university at the age of 21. He remains the company's public face as well as its largest shareholder, with an 88% stake in the firm. That stake will be diluted as Ahmed prepares to float 40% of the company on the Nasdaq exchange in 2002.
His CV …