March 20, 2014
Fortune’s inaugural list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders includes some pretty big names including Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, and former President Bill Clinton. It also includes Apple CEO Tim Cook. The list, which Fortune describes as 50 “men and women who will inspire you,” ranks Pope Francis No. 1. The Catholic pontiff is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Cook, who ranks No. 33, became Apple CEO in 2011. He joins other tech leaders on the list including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (No. 10), and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (No. 42). Of the Apple leader, Fortune says:
Following Steve Jobs has arguably been the toughest corporate leadership assignment in decades, yet Cook has carried it off with mostly quiet aplomb. In 2½ years he has kept the parade of winning new products marching (the Retina display, new operating systems, the iPhone 5), and he is bringing in Burberry's savior, Angela Ahrendts, to run Apple's retail stores. That's thinking different.Other notable World's 50 Greatest Leaders are Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter (No. 11), and actress/humanitarian Angela Jolie (No. 21). See also: Tim Cook Calls New Apple Book 'Nonsense,' and Tim Cook Says The Apple TV Racked Up More Than $1 Billion In Sales During 2013.