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The Top 30 CEOs In The World: Best Performing CEOs 2016 List

It’s surprising that Apple’s CEO and the successor to the late Steve Jobs, Tim Cook did not make the cut in the annual list of the top 30 best chief executive officers in the world by the Financial newspaper Barron. While Apple CEO Tim Cook is out, another American Tech CEO joined the ranking.

Amazon, the world’s leading e-commerce platform, chief executive Jeff Bezos made the list of the world’s 30 best chief executives for 2016.

Other tech CEOs in the Top 30 CEO list include Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix founder-CEO Reed Hastings and Alphabet Inc CEO Larry Page.

List also added Adobe’s President and CEO, Shantanu Narayen to the list for his lead in the in the software industry transformation to monthly subscriptions. The 30 Top CEO List 2016 is marks the 12th time financial newspaper’s ranks the world’s best performing CEOs.

1. Bernard Arnault
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, CEO since 1989

2. Jeffrey Bezos
Amazon.com, CEO since 1994

3. Carlos Brito
Anheuser-Busch InBev, CEO since 2005

4. Warren Buffett
Berkshire Hathaway, CEO since 1965

5. David Cote
Honeywell International, CEO since 2002

6. Jamie Dimon
JPMorgan Chase, CEO since 2006

7. Thomas Enders
Airbus Group, CEO since 2012

8. Jeffrey Ettinger
Hormel Foods, CEO since 2006

9. Laurence Fink
BlackRock, CEO since 1988

10. Reed Hastings
Netflix, CEO since 1997

11. Robert Iger
Walt Disney, CEO since 2005

12. Alan Joyce
Qantas Airways, CEO since 2008

13. Li Ka-shing
CK Hutchison Holdings, chairman since 1979

14. Ma Huateng
Tencent, CEO since 1997

15. Anand Mahindra
Mahindra & Mahindra, managing director since 1997

16. Larry Merlo
CVS Health, CEO since 2011

17. Shantanu Narayen
Adobe Systems, CEO since 2007

18. Michael O’Leary
Ryanair Holdings, CEO since 1994

19. Larry Page
Alphabet, CEO since 2011

20. Mark Parker
Nike, CEO since 2006

21. Kevin Plank
Under Armour, CEO since 1996

22. Aditya Puri
HDFC Bank, managing director since 1994

23. Brian Roberts
Comcast, CEO since 2002

24. Leonard Schleifer
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, CEO since 1988

25. Howard Schultz
Starbucks, CEO since 1985

26. Fred Smith
FedEx, CEO since 1971

27. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange, CEO since 2000

28. Miles White
Abbott Laboratories, CEO since 1999

29. Larry Young
Dr Pepper Snapple Group, CEO since 2007

30. Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook, CEO since 2004

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