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Best CEOs In The World 2019: Most Influential Chief Executives

Unsurprisingly, Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon came first in the CEOWORLD magazine’s global ranking of the best chief executives across all industries for 2019. He is followed by Royal Dutch Shell’s global chief executive Ben van Beurden, and ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal. Saudi Aramco CEO Amin H. Nasser to the No. 4 spot.

The 2019 rankings placed BP’s chief executive, Bob Dudley in fifth ahead of ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods into sixth; while Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess ranked seventh, and Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda eighth.

Overall, among the top 10 most influential CEOs in the world 2019, the ninth and tenth positions are held by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the No. 11 spot, followed by the UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann (No.12) and Samsung Electronics Chief Executive Kim Ki-Nam (No.13).

Meanwhile, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the most influential CEOs in the world 2019. McKesson CEO Brian Tyler came in fifteenth place, followed by Daimler’s CEO Ola Kallenius (sixteenth), CVS chief executive officer Larry Merlo (seventeenth), Total SA Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne (eighteenth), and Ford CEO Jim Hackett, ranked nineteenth.

Out of 121 best CEOs in the world 2019, Chevron CEO Michael K. Wirth ranked No. 20th.

Best CEOs In The World 2019: Most Influential Chief Executives

RankNameTitleCountryNotes
1C. Douglas McMillonCEOUSWalmart
2Ben van BeurdenCEONetherlandsRoyal Dutch Shell
3Lakshmi Niwas MittalChairman and CEOLuxembourgArcelorMittal
4Amin H. NasserCEO and PresidentSaudi ArabiaSaudi Aramco
5Bob DudleyGroup chief executiveUKBP
6Darren WoodsCEO and ChairmanUSExxon Mobil
7Herbert DiessCEO and Chairman of the BoardGermanyVolkswagen AG
8Akio ToyodaPresident Member of the Board of DirectorsJapanToyota Motor
9Timothy D. CookCEOUSApple
10Warren E. BuffettCEOUSBerkshire Hathaway
11Jeffrey P. BezosCEOUSAmazon
12David S. WichmannCEOUSUnitedHealth Group
13Kim Ki NamCEO and Vice ChairmanSouth KoreaSamsung Electronics
14Ivan GlasenbergCEOSwitzerlandGlencore
15Brian S. TylerCEOUSMcKesson
16Ola KalleniusCEOGermanyDaimler
17Larry J. MerloCEOUSCVS Health
18Patrick PouyanneCEO and ChairmanFranceTotal
19Jim HackettPresident and CEOUSFord
20Michael K. (Mike) WirthChairman of the Board and CEOUSChevron
21Wang YilinChairmanChinaChina National Petroleum CNPC
22Steven H. CollisChairman, President and CEOUSAmerisourceBergen
23Randall L. StephensonChairman and CEOUSAT&T
24John ElkannChairman and Chief ExecutiveNetherlandsEXOR Group
25Dai HouliangChairman of the BoardChinaSinopec Group
26Terry GouChairman and General managerTaiwanHon Hai Precision Industry
27Jeremy WeirExecutive Chairman and CEOSingaporeTrafigura Group
28Stefano PessinaExecutive Vice Chairman and CEOUSWalgreens
29Michael C. KaufmannCEOUSCardinal Health
30Larry PageCEOUSAlphabet
31W. Craig JelinekCEOUSCostco Wholesale
32Takahiro HachigoCEOJapanHonda Motor
33Takehiko KakiuchiPresident and Chief ExecutiveJapanMitsubishi
34Mary T. BarraChairwoman and CEOUSGeneral Motors
35James DimonChairman and CEOUSJPMorgan Chase
36Alexey B. MillerCEORussiaGazprom
37Verizon CommunicationsCEOUSVerizon Communications
38Oliver BateCEOGermanyAllianz
39Thomas BuberlCEOFranceAXA
40Rodney McMullenCEOUSKroger
41H. Lawrence Culp Jr.CEOUSGeneral Electric
42Hugh R. FraterCEOUSFannie Mae
43Vagit Y. AlekperovPresidentRussiaLukoil
44Satya NadellaCEOUSMicrosoft
45Brian T. MoynihanChairman and CEOUSBank of America Corp
46Joseph W. GorderCEOUSValero Energy
47Li YueCEOChinaChina Mobile
48Greg Garland Chairman and CEOUSPhillips 66
49Mukesh Dhirubhai AmbaniChairman and managing directorIndiaReliance Industries
50Harald Kruger Chairman and CEOGermanyBMW Group
51Joe KaeserCEOGermanySiemens
52C. Allen ParkerInterim CEOUSWells Fargo
53Dennis MuilenburgPresident, chairman and CEOUSBoeing
54Zheng ZhijiePresidentChinaChina Development Bank
55Hiroto SaikawaPresident and CEOJapanNissan Motor
56Masahiro OkafujiChairman and CEOJapanItochu
57Jun SawadaPresident and CEOJapanNippon Telegraph and Telephone
58Craig MenearCEOUSHome Depot
59Ren ZhengfeiCEOChinaHuawei
60Wang XiangmingGeneral ManagerChinaChina Resources
61Gail Koziara BoudreauxCEOUSAnthem
62Andreas SchierenbeckCEOGermanyUniper
63Volkmar DennerCEOGermanyBosch Group
64Ulf Mark SchneiderCEOSwitzerlandNestle
65Brian L. RobertsChairman and CEOUSComcast
66Gary R. HemingerChairman and CEOUSMarathon Petroleum
67Michael L. CorbatCEOUSCitigroup
68Timotheus HottgesChief ExecutiveGermanyDeutsche Telekom
69 Sanjiv SinghChief ExecutiveIndiaIndian Oil
70Francesco StaraceCEOItalyEnel
71Ning Gaoning (Frank Ning)ChairmanChinaSinochem Group
72Igor SechinExecutive ChairmaRussiaRosneft
73Jose Antonio AlvarezChairman and CEOSpainSantander
74Michael S. DellCEOUSDell Technologies
75Claudio DescalziCEOItalyENI
76Alexandre BompardCEOFranceCarrefour
77Shashi ShankerChairman and Managing DirectorIndiaOil & Natural Gas
78Marc C. DoyleCEOUSDuPont
79Masayoshi SonChief ExecutiveJapanSoftBank Group
80Carlos TavaresChief Executive and ChairmanFranceGroupe PSA
81Philippe DonnetCEOItalyAssicurazioni Generali
82Philippe BrassacChief ExecutiveFranceCrédit Agricole
83Rajnish KumarChairmanIndiaState Bank of India
84Timotheus HottgesCEOGermanyDeutsche Telekom
85Jean-Bernard LevyChief Executive and ChairmanFranceElectricite de France EDF
86Alex GorskyChairman and CEOUSJohnson & Johnson
87Jean-Laurent BonnafeCEOFranceBNP Paribas
88Kenichiro YoshidaCEOJapanSony
89Guenter ButschekCEO and Managing DirectorIndiaTata Motors
90Martin BrudermullerCEOGermanyBASF
91Ginni RomettyChair, president, and CEOUSIBM
92Eldar SaetreCEONorwayEquinor
93Guillaume FauryCEOFranceAirbus
94D RajkumarChairman and Managing DirectorIndiaBharat Petroleum (BPCL)
95Brian C. CornellChairman and Chief ExecutiveUSTarget
96Frank AppelCEOGermanyDeutsche Post DHL Group
97Hiroshi ShimizuPresidentJapanNippon Life Insurance
98David John LewisCEOUKTesco
99Rajesh MehtaExcecutive ChairmanIndiaRajesh Exports
100John Michael FlintGroup Chief ExecutiveUKHSBC Holdings
101Elon MuskCEOUSTesla
102Brendan KennedyCEOUSTilray
103Bob IgerCEOUSWalt Disney
104Nikesh AroraCEOUSPalo Alto Networks
105David ZaslavCEO and PresidentUSDiscovery Inc.
106James HeppelmannCEO and PresidentUSPTC Inc
107Stephen SchwarzmanCEO and ChairmanUSBlackstone Group LP
108Stephen AngelCEOUSLinde PLC
109Mark Hurd and Safra Catzco-CEOUSOracle Corp
110Laura AlberPresident and Chief Executive OfficerUSWilliams - Sonoma, Inc.
111 Roshni Nadar MalhotraCEO and Executive DirectorIndiaHCL Corporation
112 Beth E. FordCEOUSLand OLakes Inc.
113James Ray FitterlingCEOUSDow Inc
114Chuck RobbinsChairman and CEOUSCisco Systems.
115Kathy J. WardenCEOUSNorthrop Grumman Corporation
116Rajesh GopinathanCEO and Managing DirectorIndiaTata Consultancy Services (TCS)
117Mary WinstonInterim CEOUSBed Bath Beyond
118Abidali (Abid) Z. NeemuchwalaCEO and and Executive DirectorIndiaWipro Limited
119Corie BarryCEOUSBest Buy
120Dr. Lisa SuCEO and presidentUSAdvanced Micro Devices
121Aliko DangoteChairman and CEONigeriaDangote Group

Methodology: CEOWORLD magazine’s global ranking of the best chief executives for 2019 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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