Microsoft’s Bill Gates has been named the world’s most admired chief executive – even though he isn’t a CEO! …Gates is no longer CEO of Microsoft. He is now that company’s chairman and chief software architect. The survey, conducted by Burson-Marsteller with the “Economist Intelligence Unit” (EIU) declares its award is for: “2005 World’s Most Admired Chief Executives.” It’s an inconsistent list. Microsoft’s actual CEO Steve Ballmer doesn’t make the cut. Also on the list is Michael Dell. Dell is no longer CEO of the company he founded,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.

“The true winner of that badge of honour should perhaps devolve to the second place name on the list, which is, of course, Apple CEO Steve Jobs,” Evans writes. “As if being CEO of one company isn’t enough, Jobs is also CEO of world-class animation studio, Pixar, with a chain of global box office successes under his belt.”

Full article here.

The survey is based upon 685 respondents that including CEOs, senior executives, financial analysts and government officials from 65 countries.

Full “World’s Most Admired CEOs of 2005″ list here.

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