30 Top CEOs Make Barron’s List

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30 Top CEOs Make Barron’s List

By Jamie Grill-Goodman - 03/30/2016
Thirty top CEOs made it to Barron's "Profiles of the World’s Best CEOs" list. The profiles provide close-ups of top leaders worldwide, including CEOs from retail companies such as Under Armour, Nike, Amazon, Starbucks, and CVS Health.

Two athletic apparel companies made the list. Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, founded the company 20 years ago in his grandmother’s basement and last year Under Armour rang up almost $4 billion in revenue. Plank focuses on technology in his path to success: Under Armour bought a slew of fitness and nutrition apps in the past three years. Meanwhile, Mark Parker, CEO for Nike, made the list for keeping the No. 1 athletic-footwear brand on a fast growth track. Nike’s revenue doubled to $30 billion, and its stock has risen sixfold under Parker's reign.

Relative newcomer Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health since 2011, made the list for transforming the drugstore chain. CVS Health’s earnings per share were growing at a low-single-digit pace when Merlo took over, but since then, investors have enjoyed four straight years of double-digit gains.

The longtime CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, also made the list. The company operates 24,000 stores in 71 countries and is now turning its sites to food, planning to double its food business in five years. It also wants to sell craft beers and specialty foods at night.

The following are the 30 World’s Best CEOs, according to Barron's. Click here for the full Profiles of the World’s Best CEOs.

Bernard Arnault
LVMH MoËt Hennessy Louis Vuitton, CEO since 1989
 
Jeffrey Bezos
Amazon.com, CEO since 1994
 
Carlos Brito
Anheuser-Busch InBev, CEO since 2005
 
Warren Buffett
Berkshire Hathaway, CEO since 1965
 
David Cote
Honeywell International, CEO since 2002
 
Jamie Dimon
JPMorgan Chase, CEO since 2006
 
Thomas Enders
Airbus Group, CEO since 2012
 
Jeffrey Ettinger
Hormel Foods, CEO since 2006
 
Laurence Fink
BlackRock, CEO since 1988
 
Reed Hastings
Netflix, CEO since 1997
 
Robert Iger
Walt Disney, CEO since 2005
 
Alan Joyce
Qantas Airways, CEO since 2008
 
Li Ka-shing
CK Hutchison Holdings, chairman since 1979
 
Ma Huateng
Tencent, CEO since 1997
 
Anand Mahindra
Mahindra & Mahindra, managing director since 1997
 
Larry Merlo
CVS Health, CEO since 2011
 
Shantanu Narayen
Adobe Systems, CEO since 2007
 
Michael O’Leary
Ryanair Holdings, CEO since 1994
 
Larry Page
Alphabet, CEO since 2011
 
Mark Parker
Nike, CEO since 2006
 
Kevin Plank
Under Armour, CEO since 1996
 
Aditya Puri
HDFC Bank, managing director since 1994
 
Brian Roberts
Comcast, CEO since 2002
 
Leonard Schleifer
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, CEO since 1988
 
Howard Schultz
Starbucks, CEO since 1985
 
Fred Smith
FedEx, CEO since 1971
 
Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange, CEO since 2000
 
Miles White
Abbott Laboratories, CEO since 1999
 
Larry Young
Dr Pepper Snapple Group, CEO since 2007
 
Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook, CEO since 2004