Worth Magazine has announced its third annual listing of CEOs, and Apple boss Steve Jobs didn’t even make the top ten. Worth says the list, called
The Top 50 CEOs: 2001, was determined based on “foresight, judgment, and competitive juice to make their investors happy.”
The list is dominated by the heads of technology companies and financial firms. At the top of the list is Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, followed by Jeffrey Skilling of energy giant Enron, Morgan Stanley CEO Philip Purcell, Applied Materials’ head honcho James Morgan, and eBay CEO Marget Whitman. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison placed sixth. Steve Jobs ranked twelfth, between the heads of investment company Charles Schwab and plastics manufacturer 3M.
Jobs fell to 12th place on this year’s poll from a 6th place standing last year. But that was up from 15th on Worth’s 1999 poll, so Jobs is still doing better than the first time he made the list.
Jobs, however, does elicit passing kudos from author Adam Hanft. In his introduction to the top 50 list, Hanft cites Jobs as an example of “A truly visionary CEO,” and says people like Jobs are “the rarest of all CEO breeds.”
For the complete list, along with extensive notes and other info, please visit
Worth’s Web site.