The 35 best CEOs in the world, according to Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review ranked Jeff Bezos as the No. 1 CEO in its 2014 list; in 2019, Bezos has fallen off the ranking completely.

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Harvard Business Review ranked Jeff Bezos as the No. 1 CEO in its 2014 list; in 2019, Bezos has fallen off the ranking completely.
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  • Harvard Business Review (HBR) released its annual CEO 100 list of the top chief executives globally – notably, Jeff Bezos didn’t make the cut.
  • HBR says it ranks the “best-performing” CEOs based on financial performance as well as environmental, social, and governance measures.
  • Companies with CEOs in the top third of the list include NVIDIA, Salesforce, Texas Instruments, Adobe, Mastercard, Microsoft, LVMH, L’Oréal, Nike, JP Morgan Chase, BlackRock, and Cisco.
  • Some CEOs on the list -including Mark Parker from Nike and Anders Runevad from Vestas – stepped down this year.
  • Only four women made the full list of the top 100 CEOs in the world.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Harvard Business Review (HBR) published its annual list of the top 100 CEOs globally – notably, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is missing entirely.

Bezos took the number one spot in HBR’s 2014 ranking, and has remained on the list until this year. HBR attributes his sudden disappearance to a change in ranking methodology.

HBR says it ranks CEOs based on financial performance as well as environmental, social, and governance measures (called “ESG,” collectively). Whereas ESG comprised 20% of the total CEO score in years past, it became more important in 2019. ESG now comprises 30% of the total CEO score, which proved fatal for Bezos.

According to HBR, Amazon has a low ESG score; it cites Sustainanalytics, which attributes the low score to “risks created by working conditions and employment policies, data security, and antitrust issues.”

Some CEOs included on the list have stepped down from their roles this year, including Mark Parker from Nike and Anders Runevad from Vestas.

HBR acknowledged that women CEOs are “underrepresented” on the ranking, with just four women on the list this year. It says this number is illustrative of how few women are in the c-suite and is not indicative of performance.

The full ranking can be found on HBR’s website.

Check out the top 35 below.


35. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, Symrise

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Sector: Materials

CEO since: 2009

Country: Germany


34. Richard Fairbank, Capital One

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Sector: Financial services

CEO since: 1994

Country: US


33. Hisashi Ietsugu, Sysmex

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Sector: Healthcare

CEO since: 1996

Country: Japan


32. Chuck Robbins, Cisco Systems

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 2015

Country: US


31. Martin Bouygues, Bouygues

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Thomson Reuters

Sector: Industrials

CEO since: 1989

Country: France


30. Gilles Andrier, Givaudan

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Sector: Materials

CEO since: 2005

Country: Switzerland


29. Debra Cafaro, Ventas

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Sector: Real estate

CEO since: 1999

Country: US


28. Alfred Chan, Hong Kong and China Gas

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Sector: Utilities

CEO since: 1997

Country: Hong Kong


27. Xavier Huillard, Vinci

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Sector: Industrials

CEO since: 2006

Country: France


26. Lisa Su, Advanced Micro Devices

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 2014

Country: US


25. Gregory Goodman, Goodman

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Sector: Real estate

CEO since: 1995

Country: Australia


24. Laurence Fink, BlackRock

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Sector: Asset management

CEO since: 1988

Country of company: US


23. Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase

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Sector: Banking

CEO since: 2005

Country: US


22. Simon Borrows, 3i

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Sector: Financial services

CEO since: 2012

Country: UK


21. Jacques Aschenbroch, Valeo

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Sector: Automotive

CEO since: 2009

Country: France


20. Mark Parker, Nike

Sector: Sporting goods

CEO since: 2006

Country: US


19. Jean-Paul Agon, L’Oréal

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Sector: Consumer goods

CEO since: 2006

Country: France


18. Benoît Potier, Air Liquide

Sector: Materials

CEO since: 1997

Country: France


17. Hamid Moghadam, Prologis

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Sector: Real estate

CEO since: 1997

Country: US


16. Nancy McKinstry, Wolters Kluwer

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Sector: Commercial services

CEO since: 2003

Country: Netherlands


15. Bernard Charles, Dassault Systémes

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 1995

Country: France


14. Anders Runevad, Vestas

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Sector: Industrials

CEO since: 2013

Country: Denmark


13. Elmar Degenhart, Continental

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Sector: Automotive parts

CEO since: 2009

Country: Germany


12. Michael Mussallem, Edwards Lifesciences

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Sector: Healthcare

CEO since: 2000

Country: US


11. Erik Engstrom, RELX

Sector: Commercial services

CEO since: 2009

Country: UK


10. Bernard Arnault, LVMH

Sector: Luxury consumer goods

CEO since: 1989

Country: France


9. Satya Nadella, Microsoft

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 2014

Country: US


8. Johan Thijs, KBC

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Sector: Banking

CEO since: 2012

Country: Belgium


7. Ajay Banga, Mastercard

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Sector: Payments

CEO since: 2010

Country: US


6. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe Systems

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 2007

Country: US


5. Ignacio Galán, Iberdrola

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Sector: Utilities

CEO since: 2001

Country: Spain


4. Richard Templeton, Texas Instruments

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 2004

Country: US


3. Francois-Henri Pinault, Kering

Sector: Luxury consumer goods

CEO since: 2005

Country: France


2. Marc Benioff, Salesforce

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 2001

Country: US


1. Jensen Huang, Nvidia

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Sector: Information technology

CEO since: 1993

Country: US