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Best of 2013: Most successful, unsuccessful CEOs in the world

December 13, 2013 12:03 IST

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There are some chief executive officers who have had a positive affect on their companies while there are some who have left their company struggling.

Let's take a look at some of the best and worst CEOs in the world.

Source: Fortune

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Image: Jeff Bezos at the Sun Valley, Idaho Resort, United States.
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Jeff Bezos

Age: 49

Company: Amazon.com

Industry: Internet, online retailing

Net worth: $28.9 billion

Rank among best CEOs: 1

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, has invested $42 million to fund a clock designed to last 10,000 years.

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Image: Jeff Bezos with his wife MacKenzie at the Sun Valley, Idaho Resort, United States.
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Akio Toyoda

Age: 57

Company: Toyota Motor Corporation

Industry: Automotive

CEO since:2009

Rank among best CEOs: 2

Akio Toyoda, the President and CEO of Toyota, has been named Autocar's Man of the year.

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Image: Akio Toyoda in Tokyo, Japan.
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Pony Ma

Age: 42

Company: Tencent Inc

Industry: Media, Internet

Net worth: $5 billion

Rank among best CEOs: 3

Pony Ma, the founder of Tencent Inc, is the fourth richest person in China.

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Image: Pony Ma at the company's headquarters in Nanshan Hi-Tech Industrial Park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
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John Idol

Age: 53

Company: Michael Kors Holdings

Industry: Retail

CEO since: 2003

Rank among best CEOs: 4

John Idol, the CEO and a director of Michael Kors Holdings, was previously with Kasper ASL, whose lines include the Anne Klein brand.

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Image: Models present a creation during Michael Kors fashion show in New York. Inset, John Idol.
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Reed Hastings

Age: 53

Company: Netflix

Industry: Video rental and streaming

Net worth: $280 million

Rank among best CEOs: 5

Reed Hastings, who spent a year selling vacuum cleaners door to door, founded Netflix in 1998 and by 2013 it has amassed a collection of 100,000 titles and more than 20 million subscribers.

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Image: Reed Hastings attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, United States.
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Eike Batista

Age: 57

Company: EBX Group

Industry: Infrastructure, energy, mining, shipping

Net worth: $200 million

Rank among worst CEOs: 1

Eike Batista, a Brazilian business magnate, had a net worth of $30.0 billion in 2012 but his wealth plummeted to $200 million by 2013 due to debts and falling stock prices.

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Image: Eike Batista at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.
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Ron Johnson

Age: 54

Company: JC Penney

Industry: Retail

CEO since: 2011

Rank among worst CEOs: 2

Ron Johnson, who used to commute to work from Texas to California on a private plane, was told to leave the company in April 2013 after his strategy failed to boost sales.

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Image: Ron Johnson in New York.
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Thorsten Heins

Age: 55

Company: BlackBerry

Industry: Telecommunications equipment

CEO since: 2012

Rank among worst CEOs: 3

Thorsten Heins, a German businessman, was told to step down by BlackBerry in November 2013 after he failed to turn the ailing company around.

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Image: Thorsten Heins at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.
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Edward Lampert

Age: 51

Company: Sears Holdings

Industry: Retailing

CEO since: January 2013

Rank among worst CEOs: 4

Edward Lampert, an American businessman and investor, has been criticised for forming and merging Kmart and Sears into Sears Holdings.

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Steve Ballmer

Age: 57

Company: Microsoft

Industry: Computer software and computer hardware

Net worth: $18 billion

Rank among worst CEOs: 5

Steve Ballmer, who joined Microsoft in 1980, announced his retirement in August 2013 after the company lost billions of dollars in acquisitions.


Image: Steve Ballmer with his wife Connie in Washington, DC.
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