updated 11:10 am EST, Mon December 21, 2009
List concentrates exclusively on financials
Apple's Steve Jobs has placed first in a CEO list compiled by the INSEAD business school. Set to be published in the next issue of the Harvard Business Review, the list is based on a collection of about 2,000 CEOs, and does not measure people by popularity or ethics but simply their financial importance to a company and its shareholders. Ranking is determined by a combination of change in market cap, industry-adjusted total shareholder return (TSR) and country-adjusted TSR.
Second place belongs to Yun Jong-Yong, head of South Korea's Samsung Electronics, while third is owned by Alexey Miller, the head of Russian gas producer Gazprom. Other notable tech names in the top 10 include Cisco's John Chambers (#4), Amazon's Jeff Bezos (#7), eBay's Margaret Whitman (#8) and Google's Eric Schmidt (#9). Many of the top 30 executives originate from the United States, though countries such as Brazil, Canada and Japan are also represented.