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Harvard Business Review: And the best-performing CEO is…


New York--Harvard Business Review released its annual list of the 100 best-performing CEOs in the world, and heading up the list is Amazon chief Jeff Bezos.

During his tenure, Amazon delivered industry-adjusted shareholder returns of 15,189 percent and its value increased by $140 billion, according to the Review. Only two women made the 2014 ranking and one of them was a retailer: Carol Meyrowitz, who heads up TJX Cos., came in at number 51.

The annual listing assesses the chiefs of companies in the S&P Global 1200 from each executive's first day in office until April 30 of this year, and examines such metrics as industry-adjusted shareholder returns, country-adjusted shareholder returns, and increase in market capitalization over a CEO’s tenure.

The other retailers in the elite group were:

Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing (#11);

Pablo Isla Álvarez de Tejera, Inditex (#14);

Michael Balmuth, Ross Stores (#25);

Simon Wolfson, Next (#43);

Howard Schultz, Starbucks (tie, #54);

Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom (tie #54);

William Rhodes III, Auto Zone (#62),

Terry Lundgren; Macy’s (#66);

Gregory Henslee, O’Reilly Automotive (#80);

and Michael Kowalski, Tiffany & Company (#92).
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