Henry Kravis, 55
Founder and general partner, Kohlberg
Kravis Roberts"I think we'll see a trend toward more Americans having their wealth tied up in the stock market instead of their houses, which is the way it has been. This is a trend that will be transferred throughout the world. Also, we'll see companies around the world thinking globally about how to cut costs to make them more efficient. They will be run meaner and leaner. That's not being done outside of the U.S. now, and we in the States still have a long way to go.
"More pension funds will invest in alternative investments, putting more money into venture capital and leveraged buyouts. Today the average amount invested in alternatives is 2% to 3%, and that could go to 10%. We'll see more investing in alternative investments in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
"The U.S., Asia and Europe will be very important economically. Japan will work its way through its problems. Germany and the U.K. will have very strong economies. Among emerging markets, Korea and Indonesia will be very important. The United States will continue to be the dominant superpower, but you can't count out China."