The list is compiled by Fortune using various factors, including year-over-year performance, stock performance and the overall value of the firms. However, Bezos earned top honors for his ability to stay focused on his long-term strategy instead of short-term profitability.
Here are the top five businesspeople on Forbes‘ list:
- Jeff Bezos, Amazon
- Tim Cook, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): The iPhone 5 sold more than 5 million units in a weekend.
- Brian Roberts and Steve Burke, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and NBCUniversal: The two worked together to make the TV network resurgent.
- John Donahoe, eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY): Led the auction site to $1.8B in Q3 revenue, and fast-growing PayPal may surpass that soon.
- Oh-Hyun Kwon, Samsung (PINK:SSNLF): Kwon has made the Korean firm the second-largest chipmaker in the world.