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Steve Jobs Named 'World's Most Valuable CEO'

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In a list of the most respected CEOs in the world, Steve Jobs has been labeled as the most valuable of them all.

It's a well-known fact that Apple shares are extremely sensitive to news about CEO Steve Jobs. Is almost seems as though the minute Steve Jobs is photographed looking a bit peaky, Apple shares start to drop.

Barron's recently released its annual list of the 30 most respected CEOs in the world and among them was Steve Jobs. According to AppleInsider, the financial magazine said any list of respected CEOs must start with Steve Jobs. Barron's goes on to say Jobs' "cinematic return" to Apple "triumphantly rescued" the company and "America could use 1,000 more like him."

"Probably the world's most valuable CEO is Steve Jobs of Apple, as shown by stock dips on news of his medical problems. Apple recently hit a record, with a market value topping $200 billion, a reflection of the Street's confidence that a healthy Jobs (at least from what we can tell) continues to keep Apple ahead of the game. Jobs likely accounts for $25 billion or more of Apple's market value."

A third of the CEOs on the list represent technology companies and aside from Steve Jobs, RIM CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were listed, credited with "starting the BlackBerry obsession." Amazon CEO, Jeffrey Bezos; Head of Netflix, Reed Hastings; Mark Hurd, CEO of HP; Fujio Mitarai from Canon; IBM's Samuel Palmisano; Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle; John Chambers, Cisco; and Ma Huanteng from Tencent.

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    pdi180 , March 29, 2010 5:50 PM
    I would Say Ford CEO Mullaly should be the top of this list. The only American Auto Maker to not file bankruptcy and not take money from U.S. and turn a profit for the first time in about a decade. I love this guy. Today Ford is paying paying down $3 out of its $31 billion debt. Doesn't hurt that my F stock is up 450% since I bought.
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    frozenlead , March 29, 2010 6:10 PM
    +1 for the Ford CEO. That's exactly who I thought of reading the headline.
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    gwellin , March 29, 2010 6:12 PM
    Yea, and Obama also won the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm now hoping I might win the Pulitzer prize for writing this comment.
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    Shadow703793 , March 29, 2010 5:13 PM
    Steve Jobs? Respected? Not in my world. He's a complete d**** imo. America would be WORE off with 1000x more Steve Jobs....
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    Lunarion , March 29, 2010 5:46 PM
    oh yes let's have millions more kids who think they're so cool with their overpriced I-items
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    pdi180 , March 29, 2010 5:50 PM
    I would Say Ford CEO Mullaly should be the top of this list. The only American Auto Maker to not file bankruptcy and not take money from U.S. and turn a profit for the first time in about a decade. I love this guy. Today Ford is paying paying down $3 out of its $31 billion debt. Doesn't hurt that my F stock is up 450% since I bought.
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    warezme , March 29, 2010 5:50 PM
    There is no such thing as a valuable CEO. If we could harvest his organs for dying third world children he might have some value. Even then I would think he is to old for that.
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    ehanger , March 29, 2010 6:04 PM
    steve ballmer is more valuable than jobs
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    imspecial , March 29, 2010 6:05 PM
    pdi180I would Say Ford CEO Mullaly should be the top of this list. The only American Auto Maker to not file bankruptcy and not take money from U.S. and turn a profit for the first time in about a decade. I love this guy. Today Ford is paying paying down $3 out of its $31 billion debt. Doesn't hurt that my F stock is up 450% since I bought.

    You know what... As soon as I got done reading your comment, I looked at one of the ads and it's a Chevy ad saying "May the best car win." How ironic is that? Haha!
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    sliem , March 29, 2010 6:08 PM
    The WORLD's? oh cmon. Have you REALLY researched every single CEO in the world? Where's the proof?
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    frozenlead , March 29, 2010 6:10 PM
    +1 for the Ford CEO. That's exactly who I thought of reading the headline.
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    gwellin , March 29, 2010 6:12 PM
    Yea, and Obama also won the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm now hoping I might win the Pulitzer prize for writing this comment.
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    Anonymous , March 29, 2010 6:15 PM
    I can tell Shadow doesn't own an Apple product.

    I'm not an Apple fanboy, but let's be honest here. The article states that Steve Jobs is the most valuable CEO, not the most valuable person on earth. In reality, Jobs is the most valuable asset to Apple, if he were to retire tomorrow that company would be dead. Considering Apple is a pioneer for consumer based tech products, I would agree Steve Jobs is the most valuable CEO right now.
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    aford10 , March 29, 2010 6:25 PM
    Agreed, kudos to Ford and their CEO. I gained a whole new respect for them, in this financial meltdown that crippled the other US automakers.
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    pdi180 , March 29, 2010 6:31 PM
    dargon_supremeHum... So his company has a debt of $31 billion... I don´t think it is good!


    True, $31 B is a lot of debt. But this is inherited debt. Ford's old motto was to buy up the competition (Volvo, Jaguar, Mazda, etc) and they went into debt to accomplish this. When Mullaly came in (about 2003) he saw the ballooning debt and said it wasn't tenable because you never know when an economic downturn is coming. So Ford has been selling off these brands for the past 7 years and paying down their debt. Overall, I am more impressed by the CEO who keeps a company from the brink and brings positives than a company who was steam rolling along and does marginally better (25 billion attributed to Jobs out of 200 is 12% - decent but not awe inspiring).
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    dabell , March 29, 2010 6:34 PM
    Apple is going to create a robot called the iJobs when Steve Jobs finally retires....
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    tsnorquist , March 29, 2010 6:50 PM
    So let me get this right, Steve Jobs gets the recognition as "the most valuable CEO" for creating hip (and I use that term loosely) devices and creating revenue.

    As opposed to:

    Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic)and Elon Musk (Space X)for effectively privatizing space travel.

    Eric Schmidt (Google) for standing up for human rights (I know some of you may see this differently, but non-the-less).

    Alan R. Mulally (Ford) for turning around a company on its own without the aid of the US Government and bringing back well made American products/jobs.

    ... right.

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    Honis , March 29, 2010 6:50 PM
    I agree with this articles assessment. If Steve Jobs disappears Apple is going to lose it's mascot. How far did the stock dip on a joke rumor of Jobs death? The very fact that it dipped at all is a testament that Jobs is Apple. The investors know that when he's go Apple will lose a part of its fan flavor.

    In regards to the Ford CEO: He should win the CEO with a Brain award, not the most valuable.
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    climber , March 29, 2010 6:57 PM
    dabellApple is going to create a robot called the iJobs when Steve Jobs finally retires....

    The iJobs will of course have a personal body guard, "Odd Jobs", to protect the valuable robot.
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    omnimodis78 , March 29, 2010 7:05 PM
    Hitler was also the most valuable asset to the Nazi Party. "Valuable" is a very relative term which neither denotes or signifies quality, rather simply implies dependence. This story proves that beyond any doubt
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    ssddx , March 29, 2010 7:26 PM
    omnimodis78Hitler was also the most valuable asset to the Nazi Party. "Valuable" is a very relative term which neither denotes or signifies quality, rather simply implies dependence. This story proves that beyond any doubt


    Correct. This article does not state that he is the best, smartest, or most wealthy CEO. I agree with the articles' intention of stating: Steve Jobs has the most direct impact on his own company than any other CEO. I agree with what was said before me: Without Steve, Apple would definitely drop off the radar.
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    XD_dued , March 29, 2010 7:30 PM
    Apple's marketing that annoys us has done the company very well.

    I know many uninformed consumers that blindly believe this marketing and so go for macs.

    I don't mind the macs, its those people that bother me lol.
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