CNBC Titans Jack Welch

About the Show

Maria Bartiromo profiles the rise of one of the most influential CEO's in business. When Jack Welch became General Electric's then youngest CEO in 1981, he transformed the century old company into a leaner, more flexible, and profitable corporation, increasing it's market value by $387 billion and making it the most valuable company in the world. But in doing so Welch trimmed GE's workforce by more than 100,000, earning him the nickname he despised "Neutron Jack" a reference to the bomb designed to remove the people but leave the buildings intact. From growing up in a working class neighborhood in Salem, Mass., to becoming Fortune's "Manager of the Century" in 1999, CNBC profiles one of the most admired businessmen in history.

Web Extras

  • Jack Welch appears on Squawk Box.

    The former G.E. Chairman explains who he thinks will top the Republican presidential ticket and what he thinks the country needs from its leader.

  • Jack the Tough Guy

    Jack Welch was voted "Toughest Boss in America" in a 1984 Fortune Magazine Poll. According to his childhood friend, George Ryan, his competitiveness began at an early age. Growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, Welch and Ryan spent their time playing sports and practical jokes.

  • Jack on Leadership

    As CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch invested tens of millions of dollars updating GE's Corporate Learning Center, known as Crotonville. Welch wanted to bring his best employees to Crotonville to teach them about leadership. And the CEO himself was a regular instructor.

  • Jack the Golfer

    They say one of the best places to do business is on the golf course. Jack Welch's love of golf began as a young caddy. He's played with the best in the sports, including golf great, Greg Norman. He's also played with both President Bill Clinton & President George W. Bush.