Chief executive: Fernando Chui Sai On
Fernando Chui succeeded Edmund Ho in December 2009 to become the territory's second chief executive since the former Portuguese territory reverted to Chinese rule.
He was hand-picked by Beijing to be Mr Ho's successor and stood unopposed, gaining 282 out of 300 possible votes from Macau's Beijing-approved committee of politicians and businessmen. Ordinary citizens have no direct say in the appointment of their chief executive.
Mr Chui belongs to one of Macau's elite families - as did his predecessor - in a territory known for its close links between government and business.
US-educated, he was a public health administrator before going into politics. He served as Macau's Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture for 10 years until May 2009, when he resigned in order to run for the office of chief executive.
He has pledged to diversify Macau's economy - which is currently heavily dependent on the gambling industry - into sectors such as logistics.