The Greatest Living Business Leaders Today - Top 10 List
THE GREATEST LIVING BUSINESS
David K. Williams | Fishbowl
1. JEFF BEZOS| AMAZON
Jeff Bezos is a pioneer in world of internet commerce,
and was instrumental in defining this space that is now
defining many aspects of the internet world. It is Jeff
Bezos who innovated the concept of “predictive
analytics” – recommending products to customers
based on search history and buying habits. Whether
you like the concept or you hate it, the idea has made
online commerce more profit rich and efficient, and is
making online shopping a better experience for
consumers throughout the world.
2. ANNE MULCAHY| XEROX
Anne turned things around when her company faced a
financial crisis. She never aspired to the role of CEO,
but neither did she shy away from the opportunity to
lead when elected by the board of Xerox in 2001.
During her tenure she was required to reduce the
company’s workforce by 30% and later eliminated the
entire desktop portion of Xerox. For her courageous
execution in the face of adversity Chief Executive
Magazine name her CEO of the Year in 2008 and U.S.
News & World Report named her one of America’s
Best Leaders. Forbes acknowledged Anne as one of
the world’s most influential women in 2005 and 2009.
3. BRAD SMITH| INTUIT
Intuit is one of the world’s largest and most successful
financial software companies. It is the maker of the
QuickBooks accounting software which is integrated
with the Fishbowl Inventory software. Even as a
company of nearly $4B in revenue with a market cap
of approximately $16.5B, Intuit continues to operate
like a collection of startups. Brad has fostered a culture
where nearly 8000 employees are allowed to take
risks and grow by learning from success and failure.
4. HOWARD SCHULTZ| STARBUCKS
From his upbringing in a poor family in the Bronx to an
athletic scholarship and eventually the head of
Starbucks, Howard Schultz is a consummate example
of courage, hard work, and the ability to achieve the
American dream. Even in the glow of his own successes,
Howard is also interested in investing in other’s success
and continues to invest actively in other business
ventures, such as eBay.
5. LARRY PAGE| GOOGLE
Larry Page is another example of a businessperson
who can persevere any challenge. Larry and his
company have faced much criticism and received
ample praise over the years for his company’s actions.
But in the midst of the storm, he has never let what
others think sway him from pursuing the course for his
company that he considers the best.
6. TIM COOK| APPLE
Steve Jobs is a hard act to follow, but thus far, Tim
Cook is doing a tremendous job. Rather than attempt
to match the consumer-facing innovations Steve Jobs
had been known for, Tim Cook is forging into the future
with his own new advances, such as Apple’s newest
innovative inventory management techniques.
7. INDRA NOOYI| PEPSICO
Indra Nooyi, another of Forbes 100 Most Powerful
Women, has not only led her company to record
financial results but is making strides to move PepsiCo
in a healthier direction, leading the courageous charge
to shed traditional fast food properties and to replace
them with initiatives to supply healthier foods. She is
deeply caring and committed as a senior executive.
She is a fun-loving executive as well—she played lead
guitar for an all-woman rock band in college, loved to
play cricket, and is known to sing karaoke and perform
at corporate gatherings to this day.
8. WARREN BUFFETT| BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY
He is a deeply conservative trader during the times
that everyone around him is moving from one extreme
to the other to the tune of huge losses and gains.
Warren Buffett is a perfect example of patience,
proving that slow and steady generally wins the
9. SIR RICHARD BRANSON| VIRGIN GROUP
Anyone who owns more than 400 companies and is
worth billions of dollars is clearly doing many things
right. One has to admire Richard Branson’s tenacity,
and his personal brand—so much so, that people love
to travel and associate themselves with the Virgin
10. RUPERT MURDOCH| NEWS CORPORATION
Rupert Murdoch is a self-made and hard driven
Australia-born head of an American publishing
dynasty, as the founder, chairman and CEO of News
Corporation. He continues to work unbelievably hard
at an age when most would have retired long ago. In
the midst of accusation and scandal he’s needed to
find new strength to face the accusation of bribery,
corruption and hacking by subsidiary firms. This news is
still breaking, as Rupert resigns from the boards of
several of the subsidiary companies involved.
Regardless of the outcome, the work ethic and sheer
tenacity Rupert Murdoch has shown in the face of
adversity continues to serve as an example to all.