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Apple's Jobs Tops Barron's List of Top CEOs Who Matter


Apple’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs is the “ultimate CEO who matters,” according to a new survey by Barron’s magazine.

The annual ranking of top CEOs from around the world seeks to identify the corporate leaders who have top-notch reputations in the financial community and would be missed by investors if they unexpectedly left their jobs.

Barron’s estimates Jobs’ departure would result in a greater loss of stock-market value than the loss of any other CEO in the world. The magazine estimates Jobs might be worth 20 or so points to Apple shares, or roughly $16 billion in market capitalization.

All in all, 21 of the 30 CEO were returning to the list from 2006. Two of those departing, Steve Reinemund of PepsiCo and John Browne, were removed because of retirement. (Browne will retire later this year. Reinemund left his post at Pepsi last September.)

Here is a list of the top 30 in alphabetical order:

Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway
Kenneth ChenaultAmerican Express 
George David United Technologies
Charlie ErgenEchostar
Larry Fink Blackrock
Lew FrankfortCoach
Satory IwataNintendo               
Richard FuldLehman Brothers
Steven JobsApple
Fred GoodwindRoyal Bank of Scotland
Henning Kagermann                  SAP
Jeffrey ImmeltGeneral Electric
Richard KovacevichWells Fargo
A.G. LafleyProcter & Gamble
Terry LeahyTesco
John MackeyWhole Foods
Lakshmi MittalArcelor Mittal
Allan MossMacquarie
Angelo Mozilo Countrywide Financial
Rupert MurdochNews Corp.
Michael O'Leary Ryanair Holdings
Franck RiboudGroupe Danone
Peter RoseExpeditors International
Steven RothVornando Realty
James Schiro Zurich Financial
Bob SimpsonXTO Energy
James SinegalCostco Wholesale
Fred SmithFedEx
Ratan TataTata Sons
Jong-Yong Yun

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