Steve Jobs once again made Barron’s annual list of the 30 most respected CEOs worldwide.
Jobs, however, stands out among the global tycoons — other repeat honorees include Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com and John Chambers of Cisco — being called “probably the world’s most valuable CEO.” His career is called “cinematic” and on the eve of the iPad roll-out, Barron’s says, “America could use 1,000 more like him.”
Praise aside, unlike many other rankings, this one isn’t a popularity contest but is based on stock performance.
Here’s why, for Barron’s, Jobs just may be the MVP of the business game:
“Probably the world’s most valuable CEO is Steve Jobs of Apple, as shown by stock dips on news of his medical problems. Apple recently hit a record, with a market value topping $200 billion, a reflection of the Street’s confidence that a healthy Jobs (at least from what we can tell) continues to keep Apple ahead of the game. Jobs likely accounts for $25 billion or more of Apple’s market value.”