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Steve Jobs ranks first in INSEAD CEO list

updated 11:10 am EST, Mon December 21, 2009

List concentrates exclusively on financials

Apple's Steve Jobs has placed first in a CEO list compiled by the INSEAD business school. Set to be published in the next issue of the Harvard Business Review, the list is based on a collection of about 2,000 CEOs, and does not measure people by popularity or ethics but simply their financial importance to a company and its shareholders. Ranking is determined by a combination of change in market cap, industry-adjusted total shareholder return (TSR) and country-adjusted TSR.

Second place belongs to Yun Jong-Yong, head of South Korea's Samsung Electronics, while third is owned by Alexey Miller, the head of Russian gas producer Gazprom. Other notable tech names in the top 10 include Cisco's John Chambers (#4), Amazon's Jeff Bezos (#7), eBay's Margaret Whitman (#8) and Google's Eric Schmidt (#9). Many of the top 30 executives originate from the United States, though countries such as Brazil, Canada and Japan are also represented.

by MacNN Staff



  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And Where Is . . .

    Steve Ballmer? Surely the "Great [Big] One" is on the list somewhere!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why not Jeff Bezos of Amazon

    Over the past year Amazon and Jeff Bezos have certainly given investors far better returns than Apple and Steve Jobs have done for investors. They say that the Kindle is selling in very large numbers which is driving up Amazon's share price daily. Apple doesn't even have a large-screen eReader device and the rumored tablet device probably doesn't exist. And even if it was built, only 2% of the U.S. population could afford it. Steve Jobs had said that people don't even read anymore and yet all the news media talks about are eReaders and their importance to the book, magazine and newspaper industry. If Amazon comes out with a color eReader, Amazon will go right past Apple in six months or so.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    who are these people (A European/Asian business school. Wow.) and why are they wasting time determining CEO importance?

    But since Steve is on top, is this proof that he is extremely important to the running of Apple, and, as such, concerns and questions about things like his health are important and should investors should be kept informed and not hidden behind some lame excuse about 'privacy'?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Bezos

    I don't think this was a 2009 award, but an overall outlook award.

    Or, to put it another way, it's the "How quickly should you dump a stock if you hear the CEO is leaving" award.

    As opposed to Ballmer, who's on the "How quickly should you buy a stock if you hear the CEO is leaving" list.

    And, no, he's not on the top 200 list.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Um, Meg Whitman isn't the CEO of eBay anymore. How'd she place in the list when she's been gone for a while? John Donahue is their CEO

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Testudo, these people, as you call them, INSEAD, is one of the top business schools in the world (sometimes considered the top, but always a top 5 globally).

    The funny thing is, Steve's on top, yet Apple did quite well while he was gone, and everyone was saying how surprising it was to see Apple holding up so well and the stock performing well with him gone and the rumors flying about him getting a liver transplant. That sort of debunked the idea that Apple will die when Steve is gone.

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