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.

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