Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Who's Missing? CNN's Top 25 Business Leaders

CNN's Top 25 business leaders:

1. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft
2. Sam Walton, former CEO of Wal-Mart
3. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
4. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
5. Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler
6. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple
7. Herb Kelleher, chairman of Southwest Airlines
8. Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computer
9. Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve
10. Carl Icahn, 1980s corporate raider
11. Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel
12. Michael Milken, former junk-bond wizard
13. John Reed, former CEO of Citigroup
14. Ted Turner, founder of CNN
15. Jim Clark, former CEO of Netscape
16. Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay
17. Jeff Bezos, founder of
18. Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney
19. Peter Lynch, manager of Fidelity's Magellan Fund
20. Phil Knight, CEO of Nike
21. Katharine Graham, late CEO of Washington Post Co.
22. W. Edwards Deming, influential business consultant
23. Ken Lay, former CEO of Enron
24. Shawn Fanning, founder of Napster
25. Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM

EconOpinion would like to note for the record that Ted Turner, the founder of CNN is on the list, but out of the top 10 at #14. Conflict of interest? The list clearly emphasizes contemporary people of prominence in business, but on the other hand, the #2 person on the list, Sam Walton, is deceased. CNN, what were the parameters for eligibility for inclusion on the list?



At 12:42 AM, Blogger Jon62486 said...

Ken Lay lead his business straight into the ground. He is a joke. He should be kicked off the list.

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Amanda said...

Man, I wish I could be as successful as these guys! But, how do you justify including Sam Walton as a great business leader if he is deceased, maybe he "was" a great business leader.


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