CEO.COM
December 13, 2012
24 Most Powerful CEOs In The World

Barack Obama. Angela Merkel. Vladimir Putin. These are the government leaders whom wield a power greater than most any other in the world. But who are the heavy hitters in the ranks of business?

After reviewing Forbes’ 2012 ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People, we pulled out the 24 chief executives whose influence transcends states, nations and continents.

Meet the most powerful CEOs in the world.

Rank CEO Organization Age

1.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 57

2.

Buffett

Warren Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway 82

3.

Bloomberg

Mike Bloomberg

Bloomberg 70

4.

Duke

Mike Duke

Walmart 62

5.

Page

Larry Page

Google 39

6.

Tillerson

Rex Tillerson

Exxon Mobil 60

7.

Immelt

Jeff Immelt

General Electric 56

8.

Larry Ellison

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook 28

9.

Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

News Corp 81

10.

Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com 48

11.

Dimon

Jamie Dimon

JPMorgan Chase 56

12.

Cook

Tim Cook

Apple 52

13.

Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein

Goldman Sachs Group 58

14.

Koch

Charles Koch

Koch Industries 77

15.

Fink

Larry Fink

BlackRock 60

16.

Akio

Akio Toyoda

Toyota Motor 56

17.

Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Microsoft 56

18.

Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal

ArcelorMittal 62

19.

Son

Masayoshi Son

Softbank 55

20.

Gou

Terry Gou

Hon Hai Precision 62

21.

Arnault

Bernard Arnault

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton 63

22.

Robin Li

Robin Li

Baidu 44

23.

Musk

Elon Musk

SpaceX 41

24.

Miller

Alexey Miller

Gazprom 50