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Top performing CEOs

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I just came across this latest ranking of top performing CEOs via the ClearAdmit blog. Created by the INSEAD professors, the ranking compares the performance of the CEOs across the globe and ranks them based on the shareholder return and change in market capitalisation. Top 200 CEOs can be found on http://knowledge.insead.edu/home.cfm site and a slide show can be found on HBR’s website.

An interesting aspect that I observed is this:

Among the  Top10 CEOs in the list: 5 (50%) hold an MBA degree.

Among the  Top25 CEOs in the list: 9 (36%) hold an MBA degree.

Among the  Top40 CEOs in the list: 11 (27.5%) hold an MBA degree.

Among the  Top50 CEOs in the list: 14 (28%) hold an MBA degree.

And, many of the CEOs were insiders.

This yet again proves a very important about the MBA degree. You can (and most likely will) become the CEO of your company if you work through the ranks even when you do not have an MBA. But, the MBA degree will act as a tool to perform well and deliver value to the shareholders or take the company to the next level. As we move up the ranking charts, we see more MBA holders. The MBA perhaps facilitates the leader in driving the company results or making decisions or defining the strategy.


Written by abeautifulmind1

December 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

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  1. The alternative explanation to this is that of people who would’ve been successful in what they do, they tend to obtain an MBA degree. I think it was said about Stanford (or another top school with a lower than avg. graduation rate), that the students they attract only apply to a school to meet other entrepreneurs. The goal being to meet other people, not to study.

    Not sure I believe in that completely, as I plan to complete my MBA. But at the very least, I do like to think of myself in the “would’ve been successful anyway, but has an MBA” camp 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    Randy Zwitch

    January 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm

  2. Hey Randy,

    Your point is indeed valid. Successful people sometimes join full-time or exec MBA programs to develop contacts with other such people from different areas and with the prominent faculty at top b schools. Both of them are good for business 🙂


    January 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

  3. YOu must read a book called from Good to Great by Jim COllins and you would know that most top companies have picked their CEOs from within their system.

    Nice post. 🙂


    January 9, 2010 at 4:17 am

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