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Barron's names Steve Jobs the world's best CEO

Barron has profiled the world’s greatest CEOs, thirty of them to be precise, and found out what their perks at Fortune have known all along, that Steve Jobs is the world’s greatest corporate leader. The 56-year-old co-founder and leader of Apple won the accolade for turning the California-based computer maker into a global consumer electronics powerhouse which sold over a hundred million iPhones since its introduction.

They also noted Apple’s most recent successes with the iPad and the soaring stock that gained 72.6 percent in past twelve months. Eighteen corporate leaders on the list are Americans, including the likes of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Interestingly, HP’s Mark Hurd, Cisco’s John Chambers and RIM’s  Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis didn’t make it this year. Here’s the complete list, in no particular order, thanks to, plus a video at the bottom:


  • Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
  • Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway)
  • Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase)
  • Larry Ellison (Oracle)
  • Larry Fink (BlackRock)
  • Reed Hastings (Netflix)
  • Steve Jobs (Apple)
  • Patrick Kron (Alstom)
  • Ma Huateng (Tencent)
  • Fujio Mitarai (Canon)
  • Alan Mullaly (Ford)
  • Gordon Nixon (Royal Bank of Canada)
  • Michael O’Leary (Ryanair)
  • Sam Palmisano (IBM)
  • Bruce Rockowitz (Li & Fung)
  • Peter Sands (Standard Chartered)
  • Jim Sinegal (Costco Wholesale)
  • Jim Skinner (McDonald’s)
  • Fred Smith (FedEx)
  • Tim Solso (Cummins)
  • Rex Tillerson (Exxon Mobil)
  • Miles White (Abbott Laboratories)
New entries
  • Carlos Brito (Anheuser-Busch InBev)
  • Warren East (ARM)
  • Marius Kloppers (BHP Billiton)
  • Peter Löscher (Siemens)
  • David Novak (Yum! Brands)
  • Joe Tucci (EMC)
  • Dieter Zetsche (Daimler)
  • Steve Wynn (Wynn Resorts)

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