Executives The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World  

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NOTE: This list is just for CURRENT CEOs. It is not intended as an "All-Time Greatest CEOs" collection. Please only include executives currently holding the chief executive position in a company. In January of 2012, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang resigned from the company’s board of directors and from all other positions with the company and in August of 2011, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs announced he would be resigning from his position (though he remained on board as an Apple employee and board member until his death). Though Jobs was replaced by the capable Tim Cook, this still sparked a lot of discussion about the fate of Apple after the loss of its long-time leader and chief innovator and the same can be said of Yahoo.

This list identifies the other Chief Executive Officers who are centrally important to their companies, and whose departure would lead to concerns about the fate of the business as a whole. They needn't be from the world of technology, either. Any CEOs of any major companies are eligible for consideration.

And because this is an Open List, add the names of any irreplaceable CEOs you think companies could not prosper without. They'll get added to the main list and then the Ranker community can vote on the Most Essential CEOs.

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
voting closed at #2 Steve Jobs Died at 56 (1955-2011)

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+ - 553 372
Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Warren Buffett age 86 - Berkshire Hathaway

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Donald Trump age 70 - King of business and money making.

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+ - 403 348
Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Elon Musk age 45 - SpaceX

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+ - 394 448
Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Larry Page age 44 - Google

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+ - 210 255
Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Larry Ellison age 72 - Oracle

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+ - 183 220
Steve Wynn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Steve Wynn age 73 - Wynn Resorts

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+ - 147 172
Clark Benson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Clark Benson Ranker.com

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+ - 246 361
Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Jeff Bezos age 53 - Amazon

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Bill Chaaban CEN Biotech

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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Ralph Lauren age 77 - Polo Ralph Lauren

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Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Reed Hastings age 56 - Netflix

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Frederick W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Frederick W. Smith age 72 - FedEx

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Howard Schultz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Howard Schultz age 62 - Starbucks

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Bob Iger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Bob Iger age 66 - The Walt Disney Company

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+ - 47 70
Satya Nadella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Satya Nadella age 50

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Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Steve Ballmer age 61 - Microsoft

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Mukesh Ambani is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Mukesh Ambani age 59 - a great man with noble virtues....  

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William J. Lynch, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
William J. Lynch, Jr. age 46 - Barnes & Noble

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James Sinegal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
James Sinegal age 79 - Costco

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Blake W. Nordstrom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Blake W. Nordstrom age 56 - Nordstrom

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Rupert Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Rupert Murdoch age 86 - News Corporation

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Tony Hsieh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Tony Hsieh age 42 - Zappos

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Satoru Iwata is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
voting closed at #14 Satoru Iwata age 56

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Jeffrey R. Immelt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Jeffrey R. Immelt age 61 - General Electric

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Leslie Moonves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Leslie Moonves age 67 - CBS

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+ - 41 71
Christopher A Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Christopher A Sinclair Mattel

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Lee Kun-hee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Lee Kun-hee age 75

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+ - 61 110
Greggory Wasson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World

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Mike Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Mike Jefferies age 51 - Abercrombie and Fitch 

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Ivica Todorić is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Ivica Todorić age 66 - Agrokor

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+ - 46 90
Ollen Bruton Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World

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+ - 202 410
Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World

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Caio Portella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Caio Portella

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+ - 29 82
Brian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Brian Roberts Comcast

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Marcus Lemonis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World

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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Tim Cook age 56 - Apple