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Fortune includes Apple CEO Cook among 'World's Greatest Leaders'

updated 11:32 am EDT, Thu March 20, 2014

Pope Francis, Dalai Lama among other people on list

Apple CEO Tim Cook ranks 33rd on a first-ever Fortune list of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," defined as people who are currently active with "transformative" influence. "Following Steve Jobs has arguably been the toughest corporate leadership assignment in decades, yet Cook has carried it off with mostly quiet aplomb," the publication writes. "In 2½ years he has kept the parade of winning new products marching (the Retina display, new operating systems, the iPhone 5), and he is bringing in Burberry's savior, Angela Ahrendts, to run Apple's retail stores. That's thinking different."

The top three people on the list are Pope Francis, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and Ford CEO Alan Mulally. Cook ranks below other tech executives including Alibaba chairman Jack Ma (#16) and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (#10). Some celebrities not usually seen as leaders are also on the list, including U2 frontman Bono and actress Angelina Jolie; both, though, have been heavily involved in charity and humanitarian work.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mac_in_tosh

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 12-14-11

    Methinks all these "leaders," especially of the CEO variety, get way too much credit.

  1. lkrupp

    Junior Member

    Joined: 05-13-01

    Bwuh? I don't see Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon, CEO of Samsung Electronics, on that list. After all Kwon is eating Cook's lunch is he not? Or so it is said.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Just making a lot of money doesn't get you on the list. Samsung is an excellent "fast-follower," but inherent in that is that they're not leaders.

  1. besson3c

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 03-03-01

    There is no great way to make these sorts of lists anyway, they are pretty much meaningless.

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