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Harvard Business Review Names World's Best CEO



By Catherine Groux
Posted January 04, 2013 11:00 AM

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, was recently named the world's best CEO.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, was recently named the world's best CEO.
The Harvard Business Review recently published its list of the world's best CEOs, using factors such as industry-adjusted and country-adjusted shareholder returns, as well as increase in market capitalization to determine the most influential leaders. Using these metrics, the Review determined that the planet's number one living CEO is Jeff Bezos, who runs Amazon.com. Under Bezos' leadership, the website saw its value increase by $111 billion.

However, Bezos was not always a successful CEO. In the 1980s, he was a student at New Jersey's Princeton University, where he was pursuing his dream of working with computers. Then, in 1986, Bezos graduated summa cum laude from Princeton with a bachelor's degree in computer science and electrical engineering.

Bezos' education propelled him into various jobs on Wall Street, including positions with Fitel, Bankers Trust and D.E. Shaw. While working for investment firm D.E. Shaw, Bezos quickly advanced to a vice president position, but could not ignore the fact that the internet was growing at a rate of 2,400% per year, Business Insider reports.

Given his immense love of computers and the success of the internet, Bezos decided to leave D.E. Shaw and found his own company. In the 1900s, the entrepreneur launched an online bookstore, which would later become Amazon.com.

According to Tech Crunch, the business Bezos once founded in a garage was estimated to bring in $1.5 billion in revenue in 2012 alone. 

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