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Fortune: 2012’s Businessperson of the Year

Amazon's Jeff Bezos takes top honors


Jeff BezosFortune’s 2012 Businessperson of the year list is out, and Amazon‘s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Jeff Bezos is at the top of the heap.

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:

  1. Jeff Bezos, Amazon
  2. Tim Cook, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): The iPhone 5 sold more than 5 million units in a weekend.
  3. Brian Roberts and Steve Burke, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and NBCUniversal: The two worked together to make the TV network resurgent.
  4. John Donahoe, eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY): Led the auction site to $1.8B in Q3 revenue, and fast-growing PayPal may surpass that soon.
  5. Oh-Hyun Kwon, Samsung (PINK:SSNLF): Kwon has made the Korean firm the second-largest chipmaker in the world.

The rest of the top 50 can be seen here.

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