The most admired Fortune 500 CEO is…
The list of most-admired CEOs sees Walmart's Doug McMillon move up and Microsoft's Satya Nadella slip down.
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Which Fortune 500 CEO is most admired by their peers? Each year, as part of our annual survey, we ask the CEOs of the 500 which leader—other than themselves—they most admire. The top choice this year was the same as last: JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, who got 23% of mentions. Dimon’s candid style, as well as his leadership of the Business Roundtable, have cemented his respect among colleagues.
Moving up from last year was Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, mentioned by 16% of the CEOs, compared to 7% last year. And slipping back was Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, mentioned by 17% last year and 7% this year—putting him on a par with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
Other CEOs with more than one mention: Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, GE’s Larry Culp, Mastercard’s Ajay Banga, J&J’s Alex Gorsky, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett. Bill Gates, who is no longer a Fortune 500 CEO, also got three mentions.
When asked which one of the 500 companies they would invest in, CEOs took a different approach. Amazon shot to the top of the list, chosen by 40%—far ahead of second place Microsoft, chosen by 9%. JPMorgan got a single nod.
Asked which 500 company they would short, the CEO’s top choice was: Tesla. But Musk still wins my vote for the CEO with the most entertaining Twitter feed.
The new Fortune 500 list is out Monday—with a surprise in the top five. More news below.