Barron’s ‘World’s Best CEOs’ list: #1 Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Apple StoreApple CEO Steve Jobs is the “ultimate CEO who matters,” according to a new survey by Barron’s magazine.

Barron’s list seeks to “identify CEOs who have top-notch reputations in the financial community and who likely would be missed by investors if they unexpectedly left their jobs.” The magazine says it “talked to plenty of investors, looked at financial and stock-market performance and assessed intangible factors like leadership and industry stature.”

Barron’s says an Apple (AAPL) departure by Jobs from would result in the greatest loss of company market value than the loss of any other CEO from any other company.

Barron’s estimates Jobs to be worth approximately 20 points to Apple shares or roughly $16 billion in market capitalization.

Barron’s Top 30 list in alphabetical order:
• Buffett, Warren – Berkshire Hathaway
• Chenault, Kenneth – American Express
• David, George – United Technologies
• Ergen, Charlie – Echostar
• Fink, Larry – Blackrock
• Frankfort, Lew – Coach
• Fuld, Richard – Lehman Brothers
• Goodwind, Fred – Royal Bank of Scotland
• Immelt, Jeffrey – General Electric
• Iwata, Satory – Nintendo
• Jobs, Steven – Apple
• Kagermann, Henning – SAP
• Kovacevich, Richard – Wells Fargo
• Lafley, A.G. – Procter & Gamble
• Leahy, Terry – Tesco
• Mackey, John – Whole Foods
• Mittal, Lakshmi – Arcelor Mittal
• Moss, Allan – Macquarie
• Mozilo, Angelo – Countrywide Financial
• Murdoch, Rupert – News Corp.
• O’Leary, Michael – Ryanair Holdings
• Riboud, Franck – Groupe Danone
• Rose, Peter – Expeditors International
• Roth, Steven – Vornando Realty
• Schiro, James – Zurich Financial
• Simpson, Bob – XTO Energy
• Sinegal, James – Costco Wholesale
• Smith, Fred – FedEx
• Tata, Ratan – Tata Sons
• Yun, Jong-Yong – Samsung Electronics

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  1. Only tech companies are Apple and Nintendo. Curious that there aren’t any winblows computer assemblers, isn’t it? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

    MW=because as in “Because they don’t matter!”

  2. hey ninja252

    you said: well, it is not unexpected that Ballmer did not make the list – after all it clearly states that the list seeked to identify those”who likely would be missed”.

    well I for one would sure miss Balmer if he left Microsnot. Apple couldn’t pay someone to do a better job for them than monkey boy has.

  3. @reality

    I disagree. A benign dictatorship is the best form of gov’t. However, one rarely gets a dictator that doesn’t get corrupted after awhile or loses sight of reality or of his own weaknesses (god complex).

    Jobs being the supreme commander allows an ideal situation for a company like Apple…flexibility. Sure the danger is that get Jobs screws up for any of the previous reasons I listed. However, he seems to have an excellent vision of where things are converging. Add flexibility to make rapid key decisions when needed…this makes for a winner.

  4. @Buster,

    Don’t make the cardinal mistake of confusing business with government. They are completely different systems with completely different goals. The virtues of each don’t transfer to the other.

    CEOs who end up in government are disastrous, and public sector types tend not to do well in business (unless they’re simply trading on their government connections like Cheney, who even with all his Defense Dept. contracts managed to vastly diminish Halliburton’s stockholder value during his tenure as CEO).

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