HBR named Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as best-performing CEO in the world

Oct 29, 2014 18:00 IST

Harvard Business Review (HBR), in the issue of November 2014, named CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos as best-performing CEO in the world.

The Harvard Business Review compiled its list of top CEOs by comparing shareholder returns for S&P Global 1200 companies from each executive's first day in office until 30 April 2014. Bezos won by a wide margin.

The report lists only one CEO of Indian origin Ajay Banga of Mastercard, among the 100 names representing various industries.

Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos was born on 12 January 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a business magnate, investor and a technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products.

He founded Amazon.com in 1994 with headquarters at Seattle. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and a top model for Internet sales.

As of October 2014, Bezos's personal wealth is estimated to be 27.6 billion US dollars, ranking him number 21 on the Forbes list of billionaires.

He is an Alma matter of Princeton University and is married to MacKenzie Bezos. Together they have four children, including an adopted daughter from China and three sons.

In 2000, Bezos founded Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup company, partially as a result of his fascination with space travel. The company was kept secret for a few years until it became publicly known only in 2006. In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post newspaper.

He was named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 1999 and in 2012, Bezos was named Businessperson of The Year by Fortune. In 2008, he was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best leaders.

Bezos was awarded an honorary doctorate in Science and Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. In 2011, The Economist gave Bezos and Gregg Zehr an Innovation Award for the Amazon Kindle.

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