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

Elon Musk

​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.

Best CEOs In The World Of 2021: The World's Most Influential Chief Executives Of 2021

RankNameCompanyCountry
1Elon MuskTesla, SpaceXUS
2Satya NadellaMicrosoft US
3Mark ZuckerbergFacebookUS
4Andy JassyAmazonUS
5Tim CookAppleUS
6Jamie Dimon JPMorgan ChaseUS
7Arvind Krishna IBMUS
8Bernard ArnaultLVMHFrance
9Albert BourlaPfizerUS
10Amin H. NasserSaudi AramcoSaudi Arabia
11Noel Paul QuinnHSBC UK
12Bob ChapekWalt Disney CompanyUS
13David Michael SolomonGoldman SachsUS
14Hironori KamezawaMitsubishi UFJ Financial GroupJapan
15Safra A. CatzOracleUS
16Brian MoynihanBank of AmericaUS
17Lakshmi MittalArcelorMittalLuxembourg
18Bahk Jae-wanSamsung ElectronicsSouth Korea
19Jean-Laurent BonnafeBNP ParibasFrance
20Warren BuffettBerkshire HathawayUS
21Mukesh AmbaniRelianceIndia
22Philippe BrassacCredit AgricoleFrance
23Takeshi UchiyamadaToyotaJapan
24Stephane BancelModernaUS
25Nicolas HieronimusLoreal GroupFrance
26Norito IkedaJapan Post BankJapan
27Pablo IslaInditex, ZaraSpain
28Herbert DiessVolkswagen GroupGermany
29Jane FraserCitigroupUS
30Gautam AdaniAdani GroupIndia
31Masayoshi SonSoftBank GroupJapan
32Hans VestbergVerizon CommunicationsUS
33Charles KochKoch Industries US
34Doug McMillonWalmart IncUS
35Charles ScharfWells Fargo.US
36John DonahoeNikeUS
37Tatsufumi SakaiMizuho Financial GroupJapan
38Andrew WittyUnitedHealth GroupUS
39Daniel ODayGilead SciencesUS
40Michael DellDell TechnologiesUS
41Jose Antonio AlvarezBanco SantanderSpain
42Rich LesserBoston Consulting Group (BCG)US
43Frederic OudeaSociete Generale SocGenFrance
44Shantanu NarayenAdobe Inc.US
45Jes StaleyBarclaysUK
46Oliver BateAllianzGermany
47Gu ShuICBC ChinaChina
48Ma HuatengTencent HoldingsChina
49Francois PerolGroupe BPCEFrance
50Christian SewingDeutsche BankGermany
51James P. GormanMorgan StanleyUS
52Thomas GottsteinCredit SuisseSwitzerland
53David I. McKayRoyal Bank of CanadaCanada
54Wang Hongzhang China Construction Bank Corporation (CCB)China
55Liu JingzhenSinopharmChina
56Brian L. RobertsComcastUS
57Dong XinChina MobileHong Kong
58Alex Gorsky Johnson and JohnsonUS
59Charlie NunnLloyds Banking GroupUK
60Jensen HuangNvidia CorporationUS
61Pat GelsingerIntelUS
62Severin SchwanRocheSwitzerland
63Karen S. LynchCVS HealthUS
64Ulf Mark SchneiderNestleSwitzerland
65Liu LiangeBank of ChinaChina
66Ola Kallenius DaimlerGermany
67Timotheus HottgesDeutsche TelekomGermany
68Bharat MasraniToronto-Dominion BankCanada
69H. Lawrence Culp Jr.General ElectricUS
70David S. TaylorProcter & GambleUS
71Mary BarraGeneral MotorsUS
72Pascal SoriotAstraZenecaUK
73Zhao DongSinopecChina
74Intesa SanpaoloIntesa SanpaoloItaly
75David CordaniCignaUS
76Thomas BuberlAXA GroupFrance
77Zhao HuanAgricultural Bank of ChinaChina
78Lee Yuan SiongAIA GroupHong Kong
79Marc BenioffSalesforce US
80Werner BaumannBayerGermany
81Vasant NarasimhanNovartisSwitzerland
82Yoshio KonoNorinchukin BankJapan
83Giovanni CaforioBristol Myers SquibbUS
84Robert M. DavisMerck Co.US
85Robert A. BradwayAmgenUS
86Marc N. CasperThermo Fisher ScientificUS
87Steven van RijswijkING GroupNetherlands
88Emma WalmsleyGlaxoSmithKlineUK
89Stefan OschmannMerck GroupUS
90C.C. WeiTaiwan SemiconductorTaiwan
91Dinesh Kumar KharaState Bank of IndiaIndia
92Nicolas TheryCredit MutuelFrance
93Richard A. GonzalezAbbVieUS
94Paul HudsonSanofiFrance
95Craig MenearHome DepotUS
96Andrea OrcelUniCreditItaly
97Roland BuschSiemens Germany
98Chuck RobbinsCisco SystemsUS
99Michel LiesZurich Insurance GroupSwitzerland
100Ralph HamersUBS Group AGSwitzerland
101Carlo MessinaIntesa SanpaoloItaly
102Jakob StausholmRio Tinto GroupUK
103Andrew CecereU.S. BancorpUS
104Tom RutledgeCharter CommunicationsUS
105Alan JopeUnilever UK
106Matt ComynCommBankAustralia
107Young LiuFoxconnTaiwan
108Stephen SqueriAmerican ExpressUS
109Alison RoseNatWest GroupUK
110Ramon LaguartaPepsiCoUS
111Jose Ignacio Senchez GalenIberdrolaSpain
112Bill WintersStandard CharteredUK
113Charles LowreyPrudential FinancialUS
114Frederick W. SmithFedExUS
115Herman GrefSberbankRussia
116Sashidhar JagdishanHDFC BankIndia
117Carlos Torres VilaBanco Bilbao Vizcaya ArgentariaSpain
118Brian J. PorterScotiabankCanada
119Nick ReadVodafone GroupUK
120Robert B. FordAbbott LaboratoriesUS
121Alfred F. Kelly Jr.Visa IncUS
122James QuinceyCoca-ColaUS
123Christian KleinSAP SEGermany
124Marc N. CasperThermo Fisher ScientificUS
125Larry FinkBlackRockUS
126Wiebe DraijerRabobankNetherlands
127James Taiclet Lockheed MartinUS
128Darius AdamczykHoneywell InternationalUS
129Walter W Bettinger IICharles Schwab CorporationUS
130Hock E. TanBroadcom CorporationUS
131Thomas J. WilsonAllstate CorporationUS
132Dan SchulmanPayPal HoldingsUS
133Julie SweetAccentureIreland
134Phebe NovakovicGeneral DynamicsUS
135Geoff MarthaMedtronicIreland
136Jim UmplebyCaterpillar US
137Philippe DonnetGenerali GroupItaly
138Stephane RichardOrange S.A.France
139Octavio de LazariBanco Bradesco S.A.Brazil
140Rainer M. BlairDanaherUS
141Peter KingWestpac Banking GroupAustralia
142Joaquim Silva e LunaPetrobras Brazil
143James L RoboNextEra EnergyUS
144Daniel ZhangAlibaba GroupChina
145Lakshmi MittalArcelorMittalLuxembourg
146Aliko DangoteDangote GroupNigeria
147Abigail JohnsonFidelity Investments (FMR)US
148Lei JunXiaomiChina
149Jack DorseyTwitterUS
150Robin LiBaiduChina
151Evan SpiegelSnap IncUS
152Dara KhosrowshahiUberUS
153Dan CathyChick-fil-AUS
154Reed HastingsNetflixUS
155Ivan GlasenbergGlencoreSouth 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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Sophie Ireland
SVP for News and Editorial Director. As CEOWORLD magazine's senior vice president for news and editorial director, Sophie Ireland oversees CEOWORLD magazine's journalism and journalists around the world and across platforms. She leads an award-winning team of journalists and newsroom executives who are committed to excellence, innovation and the highest quality reporting and storytelling. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn. Email her at sophie@ceoworld.biz.