The World’s Most Influential CEOs And Business Executives Of 2021

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​CEOWORLD magazine has revealed its annual list of the most influential CEOs and Business Executives in the world. The issue features CEOs and top business executives, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Tech honchos like Apple CEO Tim Cook, and NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang. Unsurprisingly, Elon Musk came first in the CEOWORLD magazine’s global ranking of the world’s best chief executives across all industries for 2021.

He is followed by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Mark Zuckerberg, who is the CEO of Facebook. The 2021 rankings placedAmazon CEO, Andy Jassy in 4th spot ahead of Apple’s Tim Cook into 5th, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon ranked sixth; while Arvind Krishna of IBM ranked seventh, and Bernard Arnault eighth. Overall, among the top 10 best CEOs and business executives in the world for 2021, the ninth and tenth positions are held by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and Saudi Aramco chief executive Amin H. Nasser.

Rank Name Company Country
1 Elon Musk Tesla, SpaceX US
2 Satya Nadella Microsoft US
3 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook US
4 Andy Jassy Amazon US
5 Tim Cook Apple US
6 Jamie Dimon JPMorgan Chase US
7 Arvind Krishna IBM US
8 Bernard Arnault LVMH France
9 Albert Bourla Pfizer US
10 Amin H. Nasser Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia
11 Noel Paul Quinn HSBC UK
12 Bob Chapek Walt Disney Company US
13 David Michael Solomon Goldman Sachs US
14 Hironori Kamezawa Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Japan
15 Safra A. Catz Oracle US
16 Brian Moynihan Bank of America US
17 Lakshmi Mittal ArcelorMittal Luxembourg
18 Bahk Jae-wan Samsung Electronics South Korea
19 Jean-Laurent Bonnafe BNP Paribas France
20 Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway US
21 Mukesh Ambani Reliance India
22 Philippe Brassac Credit Agricole France
23 Takeshi Uchiyamada Toyota Japan
24 Stephane Bancel Moderna US
25 Nicolas Hieronimus Loreal Group France
26 Norito Ikeda Japan Post Bank Japan
27 Pablo Isla Inditex, Zara Spain
28 Herbert Diess Volkswagen Group Germany
29 Jane Fraser Citigroup US
30 Gautam Adani Adani Group India
31 Masayoshi Son SoftBank Group Japan
32 Hans Vestberg Verizon Communications US
33 Charles Koch Koch Industries US
34 Doug McMillon Walmart Inc US
35 Charles Scharf Wells Fargo. US
36 John Donahoe Nike US
37 Tatsufumi Sakai Mizuho Financial Group Japan
38 Andrew Witty UnitedHealth Group US
39 Daniel ODay Gilead Sciences US
40 Michael Dell Dell Technologies US
41 Jose Antonio Alvarez Banco Santander Spain
42 Rich Lesser Boston Consulting Group (BCG) US
43 Frederic Oudea Societe Generale SocGen France
44 Shantanu Narayen Adobe Inc. US
45 Jes Staley Barclays UK
46 Oliver Bate Allianz Germany
47 Gu Shu ICBC China China
48 Ma Huateng Tencent Holdings China
49 Francois Perol Groupe BPCE France
50 Christian Sewing Deutsche Bank Germany
51 James P. Gorman Morgan Stanley US
52 Thomas Gottstein Credit Suisse Switzerland
53 David I. McKay Royal Bank of Canada Canada
54 Wang Hongzhang China Construction Bank Corporation (CCB) China
55 Liu Jingzhen Sinopharm China
56 Brian L. Roberts Comcast US
57 Dong Xin China Mobile Hong Kong
58 Alex Gorsky Johnson and Johnson US
59 Charlie Nunn Lloyds Banking Group UK
60 Jensen Huang Nvidia Corporation US
61 Pat Gelsinger Intel US
62 Severin Schwan Roche Switzerland
63 Karen S. Lynch CVS Health US
64 Ulf Mark Schneider Nestle Switzerland
65 Liu Liange Bank of China China
66 Ola Kallenius Daimler Germany
67 Timotheus Hottges Deutsche Telekom Germany
68 Bharat Masrani Toronto-Dominion Bank Canada
69 H. Lawrence Culp Jr. General Electric US
70 David S. Taylor Procter & Gamble US
71 Mary Barra General Motors US
72 Pascal Soriot AstraZeneca UK
73 Zhao Dong Sinopec China
74 Intesa Sanpaolo Intesa Sanpaolo Italy
75 David Cordani Cigna US
76 Thomas Buberl AXA Group France
77 Zhao Huan Agricultural Bank of China China
78 Lee Yuan Siong AIA Group Hong Kong
79 Marc Benioff Salesforce US
80 Werner Baumann Bayer Germany
81 Vasant Narasimhan Novartis Switzerland
82 Yoshio Kono Norinchukin Bank Japan
83 Giovanni Caforio Bristol Myers Squibb US
84 Robert M. Davis Merck Co. US
85 Robert A. Bradway Amgen US
86 Marc N. Casper Thermo Fisher Scientific US
87 Steven van Rijswijk ING Group Netherlands
88 Emma Walmsley GlaxoSmithKline UK
89 Stefan Oschmann Merck Group US
90 C.C. Wei Taiwan Semiconductor Taiwan
91 Dinesh Kumar Khara State Bank of India India
92 Nicolas Thery Credit Mutuel France
93 Richard A. Gonzalez AbbVie US
94 Paul Hudson Sanofi France
95 Craig Menear Home Depot US
96 Andrea Orcel UniCredit Italy
97 Roland Busch Siemens Germany
98 Chuck Robbins Cisco Systems US
99 Michel Lies Zurich Insurance Group Switzerland
100 Ralph Hamers UBS Group AG Switzerland
101 Carlo Messina Intesa Sanpaolo Italy
102 Jakob Stausholm Rio Tinto Group UK
103 Andrew Cecere U.S. Bancorp US
104 Tom Rutledge Charter Communications US
105 Alan Jope Unilever UK
106 Matt Comyn CommBank Australia
107 Young Liu Foxconn Taiwan
108 Stephen Squeri American Express US
109 Alison Rose NatWest Group UK
110 Ramon Laguarta PepsiCo US
111 Jose Ignacio Senchez Galen Iberdrola Spain
112 Bill Winters Standard Chartered UK
113 Charles Lowrey Prudential Financial US
114 Frederick W. Smith FedEx US
115 Herman Gref Sberbank Russia
116 Sashidhar Jagdishan HDFC Bank India
117 Carlos Torres Vila Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Spain
118 Brian J. Porter Scotiabank Canada
119 Nick Read Vodafone Group UK
120 Robert B. Ford Abbott Laboratories US
121 Alfred F. Kelly Jr. Visa Inc US
122 James Quincey Coca-Cola US
123 Christian Klein SAP SE Germany
124 Marc N. Casper Thermo Fisher Scientific US
125 Larry Fink BlackRock US
126 Wiebe Draijer Rabobank Netherlands
127 James Taiclet Lockheed Martin US
128 Darius Adamczyk Honeywell International US
129 Walter W Bettinger II Charles Schwab Corporation US
130 Hock E. Tan Broadcom Corporation US
131 Thomas J. Wilson Allstate Corporation US
132 Dan Schulman PayPal Holdings US
133 Julie Sweet Accenture Ireland
134 Phebe Novakovic General Dynamics US
135 Geoff Martha Medtronic Ireland
136 Jim Umpleby Caterpillar US
137 Philippe Donnet Generali Group Italy
138 Stephane Richard Orange S.A. France
139 Octavio de Lazari Banco Bradesco S.A. Brazil
140 Rainer M. Blair Danaher US
141 Peter King Westpac Banking Group Australia
142 Joaquim Silva e Luna Petrobras Brazil
143 James L Robo NextEra Energy US
144 Daniel Zhang Alibaba Group China
145 Lakshmi Mittal ArcelorMittal Luxembourg
146 Aliko Dangote Dangote Group Nigeria
147 Abigail Johnson Fidelity Investments (FMR) US
148 Lei Jun Xiaomi China
149 Jack Dorsey Twitter US
150 Robin Li Baidu China
151 Evan Spiegel Snap Inc US
152 Dara Khosrowshahi Uber US
153 Dan Cathy Chick-fil-A US
154 Reed Hastings Netflix US
155 Ivan Glasenberg Glencore South Africa

Methodology (The CEO Leaderboard): CEOWORLD magazine’s global ranking of the best chief executives for 2021 measured more than 1,200 CEOs across 96 countries. Taking a long view of business performance, the methodology is primarily based on the financial returns for the CEO’s entire tenure, which makes up 60 percent of the final ranking, as opposed to stock price and the current quarter’s numbers.

To calculate the final position, the additional 40 percent of a CEO’s ranking factors in a company’s track record on environmental, governance, and social issues, as well as market shares, change of market capitalization, and brand’s newsworthiness and impact.

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