Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 list: Satya Nadella grabs top spot

Fortune's annual Business Person of the Year list includes 20 business leaders who have achieved bold goals and find solutions to impossible situations.

Created On: Nov 21, 2019 08:54 ISTModified On: Nov 21, 2019 09:47 IST
Satya Nadella

Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 list comprises names of three Indian-origin people. These include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Master Card CEO Ajay Banga and Arista head Jayashree Ullal. Satya Nadella ranks first in this list. Ajay Banga is on 8th and Jayashree Ullal is 18th.

Fortune's annual Business Person of the Year list includes 20 business leaders who have achieved bold goals, find solutions to impossible situations and find creative solutions. Fortune has taken 10 points into consideration while preparing this list, ranging from the total return received by the shareholders to the return on capital.

About Satya Nadella

Fortune said about Nadella that when he was given the command of Microsoft in 2014, he was neither a founder like Bill Gates nor a sales leader like his predecessor Steve Balmer. Fortune has stated that Nadella has never worked in the field of finance, which is another basis for CEO training. However, he is on the top of the list because of his strategies and creative solutions.

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Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 List





Satya Nadella (CEO, Mircrosoft)


Elizabeth Gaines (CEO, Fortescue Metals Group)


Brian Niccol (CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill)


Margaret Keane (CEO, Synchrony Financial)


Bjørn Gulden (CEO, Puma)


Tricia Griffith (CEO, Progressive)


Fabrizio Freda (CEO, Estée Lauder)


Ajay Banga (CEO, Mastercard)


W. Craig Jelineck (CEO, Costco)


Jamie Dimon (CEO, JPMorgan Chase)


Daniel Schulman (CEO, PayPal)


Tom Linebarger (CEO, Cummins)


Robert Greenberg (CEO, Skechers)


Joey Wat ( CEO, Yum China)


Julie Sweet (CEO, Accenture)


Daniel Zhang (CEO, Alibaba)


Strauss Zelnick (CEO, Take-Two Interactive)


Jayshree Ullal (CEO, Arista)


Gary Guthart (CEO, Intuitive Surgical)


Chen Lin (President, Wuliangye Yibin)

About Ajay Banga

Fortune wrote about Ajay Banga that it is a result of Banga's foresight that the company is the most popular in the market this year. Its stock has registered an increase of 40 per cent this year.

Other Winners

Elizabeth Gaines of Perth's company Fortescue Metals Group is in second place and Puma CEO Björn Gulden is in fifth place in the list. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is on 10th, Accenture CEO Julie Sweet 15th and Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang on the sixteenth position in the list.

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