Soon after Ghosn took over Nissan, he was receiving hate mail. Now he's revered in Japan, and considered a national hero. Here's how he got there:
Born in Brazil to Lebanese immigrants.
Family moves to Beirut. Young Ghosn attends a Jesuit high school where he quickly picks up French and Arabic as well as Portuguese.
Graduates with engineering degree from the elite Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.
Recruited by tiremaker Michelin.
Michelin merges with B.F. Goodrich, and Ghosn oversees a grueling overhaul as CEO of U.S. operations.
Joins Renault as chief of research, manufacturing, and purchasing. He's soon lionized by shareholders as "le cost killer" for slashing budgets by $3.6 billion but reviled by workers for job cuts.
Renault shocks the industry by offering $5.4 billion for a stake in struggling Nissan. Ghosn is named chief operating officer.
Nissan posts $6.2 billion loss. Ghosn appointed president and pushes revival plan that calls for eliminating five plants and 20,000 jobs.
Ghosn moves up to Nissan CEO as the auto maker returns to profitability.
Production starts at Nissan's $1.4 billion plant in Canton, Miss.
Nissan sets up joint venture with Chinese auto maker Dongfeng.
Glitches with vehicles made in Canton hurt Nissan's ranking in quality surveys.
Ghosn announces an initiative that aims to launch 28 new models by 2008 and take the Infiniti luxury brand global.
In an industry first, Ghosn will assume the title of CEO at two global auto companies: Renault and Nissan.
Data: Company reports, BusinessWeek