Last Updated Jan 11, 2010 8:09 PM EST
Researchers Morten T. Hansen, Herminia Ibarra and Urs Peyer took a unique approach in compiling their list, in that they considered the performance of CEOs of large, public companies over their entire time on the job.
"Today boards of directors, senior managers and investors intensely want to know how CEOs handle the ups and downs of running businesses over an extended period," they write. "Many executive compensation plans define the long term as a three-year horizon, but the real test of a CEO's leadership has to be how the company does over his or her full tenure."
So who made the top 10? (Drum roll, please.) They are:
- 1. Steve Jobs, Apple
- 2. Yun Jong-Yong, Samsung
- 3. Alexey Miller, Gazprom
- 4. John Chambers, Cisco
- 5. Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries
- 6. John Martin, Gilead Sciences
- 7. Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon
- 8. Margaret Whitman, Ebay
- 9. Eric Schmidt, Google
- 10. Hugh Grant, Monsanto
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