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The World’s Most Influential CEOs And Business Executives Of 2024

Brian Moynihan

Who do you think is the best CEO in the world? Is it Volkswagen’s Dr. Oliver Blume, Darren W. Woods of Exxon Mobil, Apple’s Tim Cook, or Jane Fraser of Citigroup? Whether famous or not, these CEOs are highly successful, talented, and influential. For long-term investors, it’s worth keeping an eye on them as they build remarkable businesses worth holding onto for decades.

The world’s most successful CEOs aren’t necessarily the ones who are the most flamboyant. They have a long-term vision and are committed to creating lasting value. To compile the results, we gathered data from almost 3,000 CEOs from all over the world and evaluated the performance of CEOs from large public companies. Surprisingly, the best CEO in the long run was someone who often performed poorly in the short term but continued to make significant investments in the future. The CEOs who made the list for 2024 have all had a great impact and have been highly effective in their roles.

Which CEOs around the world have consistently delivered strong results over the years? Our list of top performers for 2024 provides an objective answer, although it may contain some unexpected names. Some relatively unknown faces may rank at the top. CEOWORLD magazine has recently published its yearly list of the most influential CEOs and business executives worldwide.

Unsurprisingly, Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO of Bank of America, has topped the global ranking of the world’s best CEOs across all industries for 2024. Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, has secured the second spot, followed by Amin H. Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco, at No. 3, Darren W. Woods, CEO of Exxon Mobil, at No. 4, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, at No. 5, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, at No. 6. The CEO of Shell, Wael Sawan, has been ranked seventh among the world’s top 10 best CEOs and business executives for 2024. Akio Toyoda, who leads Toyota Motor, has been ranked eighth. Liao Lin of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Kyung-Kye Hyun, the chief executive of Samsung Electronics, hold the ninth and tenth positions.

Revealed: Best CEOs In The World, 2024

1Brian MoynihanChairman & CEOBank of AmericaUnited States
2Jamie DimonChairman and CEOJPMorgan Chase & Co.United States
3Amin H. NasserPresident & CEOSaudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)Saudi Arabia
4Darren W. WoodsChairman and Chief Executive OfficerExxon MobilUnited States
5Satya NadellaChairman and Chief Executive OfficerMicrosoftUnited States
6Tim CookChief Executive OfficerAppleUnited States
7Wael SawanChief Executive OfficerShellUnited Kingdom
8Akio ToyodaChairman and Representative DirectorToyota MotorJapan
9Liao LinPresident and Executive DirectorIndustrial and Commercial Bank of China LimitedChina
10Kyung-Kye HyunPresident & CEOSamsung ElectronicsSouth Korea

Methodology (The CEO Leaderboard): CEOWORLD magazine’s global ranking of the best CEOs for 2024 measured more than 2,300 CEOs across 61 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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CEOWORLD magazine - Latest - Special Reports - The World’s Most Influential CEOs And Business Executives Of 2024
Despina Wilson
I am a senior editor and data journalist at CEOWORLD magazine. My job involves using infographics to report on news topics related to business and policy, with a global perspective. I hold a master's degree in journalism and have worked for newspapers and reporting projects in both the US and the UK, giving me a unique transatlantic perspective. I believe that data can enhance coverage of all news topics. As a contributor, I plan cover a wide range of issues, such as gender equality, climate change, labor, and immigration, using relevant statistics and insightful visualizations.