@barronsonline 2015 World’s Best #CEO’s by Age, Market Cap, Profit Growth, & TRS


Methodology

Barron’s claims that it does not use a precise formula.

CEOs are selected based on the collective wisdom of Barron’s editors and writers.  One rule does exist however: CEO’s must have at least 5 years at the helm.

All data as of March 21, 2015

Table 1: Barron’s CEO List by Age (ascending)

Company Industry CEO Since Age
Facebook Social Media, Consumer Data Mark Zuckerberg 2004 30
Google Internet search, diversified tech Larry Page 2011 41
Under Armour Athletic Apparel Kevin Plank 1996 42
Tencent Communications Ma Huateng 1997 43
Lenovo PC and smart devices Yang Yuanqing 2009 50
Netflix Conglomerate Reed Hastings 1997 54
Anheuser-Busche InBev Beverages Carlos Brito 2005 54
Ryanair Airlines Michael O’Leary 1994 54
Apple Devices, hardware, software Tim Cook 2011 54
Novartis Pharmaceuticals / Biotech Jospeh Jimeniz 2010 55
SoftBank Wireless communications, software Masayoshi Son 1981 57
CVS Health Retail Pharmacy / Health Larry Merlo 2011 59
Delta Air Lines Airlines Richard Anderson 2007 59
JPMorgan Chase Banking Jamie Dimon 2006 59
Intercontinental Exchange Futures and derivate exchanges Jeffrey Sprecher 2000 60
Abbott Laboraties Nutrition, medical diagnostic & devices Miles White 1999 60
TJX Companies Retail Apparel Carol Meyrowitz 2007 61
Starbucks Coffee Howard Schultz 1985 61
BlackRock Asset Management Lawrence (Larry) Fink 1988 62
Fiat Chrysler Automotive Segio Marchionne 2004 62
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceuticals / Biotech Leonard Schleifer 1988 62
Honeywell International High tech manufacturing David Cote 2002 62
Gilead Sciences Pharmaceuticals / Biotech John Martin 1996 63
Macy’s Retail Terry Lundgren 2003 63
HDFC Bank Banking (India) Aditya Puri 1994 64
Disney Media and entertainment Robert (Bob) Iger 2005 64
Fast Retailing Apparel Tadashi Yanai 1984 66
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Viutton Premium Brands Bernard Arnault 1989 66
FedEx Parcel delivery Fred Smith 1971 70
Berkshire Hathaway Conglomerate Warren Buffet 1965 84

 

Table 2: Ranked by Market Value

Company CEO Age Market Value $USD (bil)
Apple Tim Cook 54 753.8
Google Larry Page 41 380.2
Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet 84 364.3
Novartis Jospeh Jimeniz 55 277.1
JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon 59 229.1
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg 30 220.2
Anheuser-Busche InBev Carlos Brito 54 203.7
Disney Robert (Bob) Iger 64 176.5
Tencent Ma Huateng 43 164.2
Gilead Sciences John Martin 63 156.2
CVS Health Larry Merlo 59 119.1
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Viutton Bernard Arnault 66 93.2
Honeywell International David Cote 62 80.5
SoftBank Masayoshi Son 57 73.9
Abbott Laboraties Miles White 60 71.3
Starbucks Howard Schultz 61 70.0
BlackRock Lawrence (Larry) Fink 62 62.3
FedEx Fred Smith 70 50.1
TJX Companies Carol Meyrowitz 61 47.3
HDFC Bank Aditya Puri 64 42.8
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Leonard Schleifer 62 42.1
Fast Retailing Tadashi Yanai 66 41.0
Delta Air Lines Richard Anderson 59 37.3
Netflix Reed Hastings 54 28.6
Intercontinental Exchange Jeffrey Sprecher 60 26.5
Macy’s Terry Lundgren 63 22.0
Fiat Chrysler Segio Marchionne 62 19.8
Lenovo Yang Yuanqing 50 17.1
Under Armour Kevin Plank 42 16.5
Ryanair Michael O’Leary 54 15.7

 

Table 3: Ranked by 5-Year Profit Growth

Company CEO 5 Year Profit Growth
(%)
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg 60.3
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Leonard Schleifer 60.3
Lenovo Yang Yuanqing 51.6
SoftBank Masayoshi Son 45.4
Gilead Sciences John Martin 39.5
Apple Tim Cook 37.8
Tencent Ma Huateng 35.4
Under Armour Kevin Plank 32.8
Starbucks Howard Schultz 27.4
Macy’s Terry Lundgren 25.6
BlackRock Lawrence (Larry) Fink 23.4
Fiat Chrysler Segio Marchionne 22.8
Ryanair Michael O’Leary 22.6
HDFC Bank Aditya Puri 19.2
Disney Robert (Bob) Iger 18.9
JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon 18.8
Delta Air Lines Richard Anderson 18.0
TJX Companies Carol Meyrowitz 17.4
Google Larry Page 17.1
Anheuser-Busche InBev Carlos Brito 16.5
Intercontinental Exchange Jeffrey Sprecher 16.4
Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet 15.6
Abbott Laboraties Miles White 14.5
Netflix Reed Hastings 14.4
Honeywell International David Cote 14.3
FedEx Fred Smith 12.4
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Viutton Bernard Arnault 11.8
CVS Health Larry Merlo 11.3
Fast Retailing Tadashi Yanai 8.4
Novartis Jospeh Jimeniz 7.2

 

Table 4: Ranked by Annualized Return

Company CEO Since Annualized Return as CEO
(%)
Tencent Ma Huateng 1997 61.4
Lenovo Yang Yuanqing 2009 44.8
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg 2004 43.0
Netflix Reed Hastings 1997 38.4
CVS Health Larry Merlo 2011 34.7
Under Armour Kevin Plank 1996 32.7
Apple Tim Cook 2011 29.5
Gilead Sciences John Martin 1996 28.3
BlackRock Lawrence (Larry) Fink 1988 25.6
HDFC Bank Aditya Puri 1994 24.8
Starbucks Howard Schultz 1985 24.5
Intercontinental Exchange Jeffrey Sprecher 2000 24.2
TJX Companies Carol Meyrowitz 2007 22.5
Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet 1965 21.6
Google Larry Page 2011 20.8
Anheuser-Busche InBev Carlos Brito 2005 20.8
Ryanair Michael O’Leary 1994 19.5
Fast Retailing Tadashi Yanai 1984 19.0
Disney Robert (Bob) Iger 2005 18.5
Novartis Jospeh Jimeniz 2010 17.4
Macy’s Terry Lundgren 2003 16.2
FedEx Fred Smith 1971 15.9
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Leonard Schleifer 1988 15.8
Fiat Chrysler Segio Marchionne 2004 14.9
SoftBank Masayoshi Son 1981 14.6
Delta Air Lines Richard Anderson 2007 13.2
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Viutton Bernard Arnault 1989 11.3
Honeywell International David Cote 2002 10.6
Abbott Laboraties Miles White 1999 7.8
JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon 2006 7.5

 

Table 5: Ranked by Alpha, S&P 500 Benchmark

Company CEO Since Annualized Return while CEO
(%)
Annual S&P 500 Return during tenure (%) Alpha (α)(%)
Tencent Ma Huateng 1997 61.4 8.1 53.3
Netflix Reed Hastings 1997 38.4 7.6 30.8
Under Armour Kevin Plank 1996 32.7 8.1 24.6
Lenovo Yang Yuanqing 2009 44.8 21.7 23.1
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg 2004 43.0 21.4 21.6
BlackRock Lawrence (Larry) Fink 1988 25.6 5.2 20.4
Gilead Sciences John Martin 1996 28.3 8.4 19.9
CVS Health Larry Merlo 2011 34.7 14.9 19.8
Intercontinental Exchange Jeffrey Sprecher 2000 24.2 8.1 16.1
HDFC Bank Aditya Puri 1994 24.8 9.2 15.6
TJX Companies Carol Meyrowitz 2007 22.5 7.1 15.4
Starbucks Howard Schultz 1985 24.5 9.7 14.8
Anheuser-Busche InBev Carlos Brito 2005 20.8 8.1 12.7
Ryanair Michael O’Leary 1994 19.5 7.2 12.3
Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet 1965 21.6 9.9 11.7
Apple Tim Cook 2011 29.5 19.4 10.1
Disney Robert (Bob) Iger 2005 18.5 8.4 10.1
Fast Retailing Tadashi Yanai 1984 19.0 9.8 9.2
Fiat Chrysler Segio Marchionne 2004 14.9 5.9 9.0
FedEx Fred Smith 1971 15.9 8.9 7.0
Delta Air Lines Richard Anderson 2007 13.2 6.7 6.5
Google Larry Page 2011 20.8 14.4 6.4
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Leonard Schleifer 1988 15.8 9.7 6.1
Macy’s Terry Lundgren 2003 16.2 10.2 6.0
SoftBank Masayoshi Son 1981 14.6 9.8 4.8
Honeywell International David Cote 2002 10.6 7.2 3.4
Abbott Laboraties Miles White 1999 7.8 5.1 2.7
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Viutton Bernard Arnault 1989 11.3 9.8 1.5
Novartis Jospeh Jimeniz 2010 17.4 16.1 1.3
JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon 2006 7.5 7.9 (0.4)

 

Table 6: Ranked by Alpha (Age included)

Company CEO Since Age Alpha (α)
Tencent Ma Huateng 1997 43 53.3
Netflix Reed Hastings 1997 54 30.8
Under Armour Kevin Plank 1996 42 24.6
Lenovo Yang Yuanqing 2009 50 23.1
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg 2004 30 21.6
BlackRock Lawrence (Larry) Fink 1988 62 20.4
Gilead Sciences John Martin 1996 63 19.9
CVS Health Larry Merlo 2011 59 19.8
Intercontinental Exchange Jeffrey Sprecher 2000 60 16.1
HDFC Bank Aditya Puri 1994 64 15.6
TJX Companies Carol Meyrowitz 2007 61 15.4
Starbucks Howard Schultz 1985 61 14.8
Anheuser-Busche InBev Carlos Brito 2005 54 12.7
Ryanair Michael O’Leary 1994 54 12.3
Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet 1965 84 11.7
Apple Tim Cook 2011 54 10.1
Disney Robert (Bob) Iger 2005 64 10.1
Fast Retailing Tadashi Yanai 1984 66 9.2
Fiat Chrysler Segio Marchionne 2004 62 9.0
FedEx Fred Smith 1971 70 7.0
Delta Air Lines Richard Anderson 2007 59 6.5
Google Larry Page 2011 41 6.4
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Leonard Schleifer 1988 62 6.1
Macy’s Terry Lundgren 2003 63 6.0
SoftBank Masayoshi Son 1981 57 4.8
Honeywell International David Cote 2002 62 3.4
Abbott Laboraties Miles White 1999 60 2.7
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Viutton Bernard Arnault 1989 66 1.5
Novartis Jospeh Jimeniz 2010 55 1.3
JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon 2006 59 (0.4)

 

Table 7: Ranked by Forward P/E (ascending)

Company CEO 2015 Estimated P/E
Delta Air Lines Richard Anderson 9.0
JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon 10.6
Gilead Sciences John Martin 10.9
Macy’s Terry Lundgren 13.3
Lenovo Yang Yuanqing 14.8
Ryanair Michael O’Leary 15.0
Apple Tim Cook 15.0
SoftBank Masayoshi Son 15.8
Fiat Chrysler Segio Marchionne 16.0
Honeywell International David Cote 16.8
BlackRock Lawrence (Larry) Fink 18.4
Intercontinental Exchange Jeffrey Sprecher 19.3
Google Larry Page 19.6
Novartis Jospeh Jimeniz 19.6
FedEx Fred Smith 19.7
Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet 20.0
CVS Health Larry Merlo 20.1
HDFC Bank Aditya Puri 20.3
TJX Companies Carol Meyrowitz 20.4
Disney Robert (Bob) Iger 21.2
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Viutton Bernard Arnault 21.7
Abbott Laboraties Miles White 22.1
Anheuser-Busche InBev Carlos Brito 23.2
Starbucks Howard Schultz 29.9
Tencent Ma Huateng 32.2
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Leonard Schleifer 38.5
Fast Retailing Tadashi Yanai 38.9
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg 40.5
Under Armour Kevin Plank 71.1
Netflix Reed Hastings 138.3

Source: http://online.barrons.com/news/articles/SB52018153252431963983004580524132925729978?mod=BOL_twm_ls

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