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Best CEOs In The World For 2020: Most Influential Chief Executives

Unsurprisingly, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon came first in the CEOWORLD magazine’s global ranking of the world’s best chief executives across all industries for 2020. Which 100 chief executive is most admired?

He is followed by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Tim Cook, who is the CEO of tech giant company Apple. The 2020 rankings placed Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Chapek in 4th spot ahead of Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett into 5th, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ranked sixth; while Larry J. Merlo, president, and CEO of CVS Health ranked seventh, and Goldman Sachs CEO David M. Solomon eighth.

Overall, among the top 10 best CEOs in the world for 2020, the ninth and tenth positions are held by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and General Dynamics chief executive Phebe Novakovic.

Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat took the No. 11 spot, followed by Mark Zuckerberg (No.12) and UnitedHealth Group’s CEO David S. Wichmann (No.13).

Meanwhile, Pfizer’s CEO and chair Albert Bourla ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best CEOs in the world for 2020. General Motors CEO Mary Barra came in fifteenth place, followed by Chevron CEO Michael Wirth (sixteenth), ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods (seventeenth), Morgan Stanley Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Gorman (eighteenth), and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, ranked nineteenth.

Out of 100 best CEOs in the world for 2020, GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. ranked No. 20th.

Best CEOs In The World 202

RankCEOCompany
1Jamie DimonJPMorgan Chase
2Satya NadellaMicrosoft
3Tim CookApple
4Bob ChapekWalt Disney Company
5Warren BuffetBerkshire Hathaway
6Jeff BezosAmazon
7Larry J. MerloCVS Health
8David M. SolomonGoldman Sachs
9Sundar PichaiAlphabet
10Phebe NovakovicGeneral Dynamics
11Michael CorbatCitigroup
12Mark ZuckerbergFacebook
13David S. WichmannUnited Health Group
14Albert BourlaPfizer
15Mary T. BarraGeneral Motors
16Mike WirthChevron
17Darren WoodsExxonMobil
18James P. GormanMorgan Stanley
19Brian MoynihanBank of America
20H. Lawrence Culp Jr.General Electric
21Stephen SqueriAmerican Express
22Doug McMillonWalmart
23John DonahoeNike
24Michael DellDell Technologies
25Brian CornellTarget
26Hans VestbergVerizon Communications
27Marillyn A. HewsonLockheed Martin
28Bob SwanIntel
29Kevin HouricanSysco
30Jim UmplebyCaterpillar
31Ernie HerrmanTJX
32Michael J. KasbarWorld Fuel Services
33Noel W. WhiteTyson Foods
34Vivek SankaranAlbertsons
35Ramon LaguartaPepsiCo
36Todd JonesPublix Super Market
37David P. AbneyUnited Parcel Service
38Arvind KrishnaIBM
39Roger W. CrandallMassMutual
40Charles F. LowreyPrudential Financial
41Safra CatzOracle
42Enrique LoresHP
43Rodney McMullenKroger
44Ed BastianDelta Air Lines
45Juan Ricardo LucianoArcher Daniels Midland
46Christopher M. CraneExelon
47Brian S. TylerMcKesson
48Richard FairbankCapital One
49Darius AdamczykHoneywell
50Corie BarryBest Buy
51John C. MayDeere & Company
52Frederick W. SmithFedEx
53Richard T. HumeTech Data
54Marvin EllisonLowes
55Thomas RutledgeCharter Communications
56Brian L. RobertsComcast
57Tricia GriffithProgressive
58Mike Roman3M
59James QuinceyCoca-Cola
60Kelcy WarrenEnergy Transfer
61Craig MenearHome Depot
62Willie ChiangPlains GP Holdings
63Brian DuperreaultAIG
64Michael F. NeidorffCentene
65David H. LongLiberty Mutual Insurance
66Gregory HayesUnited Technologies
67Wayne T. SmithCommunity Health Systems
68Gail Koziara BoudreauxAnthem
69W. Craig JelinekCostco
70Kirt WalkerNationwide
71Hugh R. FraterFannie Mae
72Steven H. CollisAmerisourceBergen
73W. Randall FowlerEnterprise Products
74Stefano PessinaWalgreens Boots Alliance
75Alex GorskyJohnson & Johnson
76Michael C. KaufmannCardinal Health
77Randall L. StephensonAT&T
78David CordaniCigna
79Theodore A. MathasNew York Life Insurance
80Doug ParkerAmerican Airlines
81Chuck RobbinsCisco Systems
82Jim HackettFord Motor Company
83Richard A. GonzalezAbbVie
84Samuel N. HazenHCA Healthcare
85Kenneth C. FrazierMerck
86Ryan LanceConocoPhillips
87Bruce D. BroussardHumana
88Michel A. KhalafMetLife
89Oscar MunozUnited Airlines
90David S. TaylorProcter & Gamble
91Edward D. BreenDuPont
92Michael J. HenniganMarathon Petroleum
93Roger W. Ferguson Jr.TIAA
94Thomas J. WilsonAllstate
95Charles W. ScharfWells Fargo
96Michael L. TipsordState Farm Insurance
97Joseph W. GorderValero Energy
98David M. BrickmanFreddie Mac
99Greg C. GarlandPhillips 66
100Dave CalhounBoeing

Methodology (The CEO Leaderboard): CEOWORLD magazine’s global ranking of the best chief executives for 2020 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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Sophie Ireland
Sophie is the Research Editor at CEOWORLD magazine. She is based in the company’s New York office. Sophie has worked as a reputation advisor to nearly 250 global CEOs, 3,200 other C-Suite executives, and high net worth individuals for over 9 years. She joined CEOWORLD magazine as a Research Analyst, conducting comprehensive research using both open-source intelligence and premium resources, as well as enhanced due diligence, compliance, and risk assessment, and financial analysis and complex valuations. As a nonpartisan consultant to global business executives, business leaders, and think tanks, she focuses on economics and public policy issues. Her passion is explaining complex economic issues for the layman. She can be reached on email sophie@ceoworld.biz