Somphote Ahunai was born in Bangkok, Thailand, Thailand. Somphote Ahunai is #654 in List Billionaires People In The World. Former securities trader and University of Pittsburgh grad, Somphote Ahunai started renewable energy outfit Energy Absolute in 2006 and took it public in 2013. Net profits of the company jumped 21% to $92 million in 2016 on revenues of $296 million, getting a boost from its solar power business. The company has close to 500 megawatts of new projects in the pipeline, including a 126-megawatt wind park. Its newest project is a 3-way joint venture with China's Shenzhen Growatt New Energy Technology and Taiwanese firm Amita Technologies to make batteries for electric vehicles and renewable power systems.