As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, Steve Jobs has been named the CEO of the decade by MarketWatch. Calling him the “rock star of Corporate America“, Jobs was praised for resurrecting Apple, and driving it to the top of the heap in the technology sector. Had you invested $1000 in Apple stock at the end of 2000, it would now be worth $43,000.
In his profile piece, Russ Britt notes that “Jobs has come pretty close in the past decade to accomplishing what he set out to do all those years ago when he and Steve Wozniak first started fiddling with electronics as youths before there even was a Silicon Valley: making an indelible mark on technology, and on the world.”
Others were ebullient in their praise. “The resurrection of Apple is just the most astounding story that’s probably happened in business in at least a decade — you might be able to go further and say it’s a half-century,” says Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies, a technology-industry think tank. “It’s on par with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell in terms of its total impact.”
Jobs edged out Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Cummins’ Tim Solso and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.