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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 | toytrukn78 added Steve Jobs Died at 56 (1955-2011)

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602 402
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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484 367
Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
ithinkshows added Elon Musk age 45 - SpaceX

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601 569
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
StephenSSkinner added Donald Trump age 70 - King of business and money making.

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421 472
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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226 271
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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285 372
Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Jeff Bezos age 53 - Amazon

8
188 235
Steve Wynn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Steve Wynn age 75 - Wynn Resorts

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151 191
Clark Benson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
mwahahahaha added Clark Benson Ranker.com

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245 364
Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Ralph Lauren age 77 - Polo Ralph Lauren

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170 251
Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Lon Harris added Reed Hastings age 56 - Netflix

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66 89
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ralph-engstrom added Bill Chaaban CEN Biotech

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241 387
Howard Schultz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Howard Schultz age 62 - Starbucks

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137 214
Frederick W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Frederick W. Smith age 72 - FedEx

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54 77
Satya Nadella is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Karan Gakhar added Satya Nadella age 50

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107 171
Bob Iger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
bburke30152 added Bob Iger age 66 - The Walt Disney Company

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83 130
Mukesh Ambani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
MUGESH added Mukesh Ambani age 59 - a great man with noble virtues....  

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123 206
James Sinegal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Lon Harris added James Sinegal age 81 - Costco

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115 193
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
aair.surajj94 added Steve Ballmer age 61 - Microsoft

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93 158
William J. Lynch, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
William J. Lynch, Jr. age 45 - Barnes & Noble

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103 178
Blake W. Nordstrom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Blake W. Nordstrom age 54 - Nordstrom

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65 113
Lee Kun-hee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
garybhatnagar added Lee Kun-hee age 75

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9 10
Satoru Iwata is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
voting closed at #14 | Joy215 added Satoru Iwata age 57

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135 242
Rupert Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Rupert Murdoch age 86 - News Corporation

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75 133
Tony Hsieh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Randolph Strauss added Tony Hsieh age 42 - Zappos

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41 73
Christopher A Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Alaina Hillman added Christopher A Sinclair Mattel

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83 153
Leslie Moonves is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Leslie Moonves age 67 - CBS

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93 172
Jeffrey R. Immelt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Jeffrey R. Immelt age 59 - General Electric

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87 162
Mike Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
PeteBoyle added Mike Jefferies age 51 - Abercrombie and Fitch 

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61 113
Greggory Wasson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
DocWheat added Greggory Wasson

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223 421
Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
MUGESH added Mark Zuckerberg age 32

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52 98
Ivica Todorić is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
TomislavMarđetko added Ivica Todorić age 64 - Agrokor

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0 0
Arunansh Arya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Arunansh Arya added Arunansh Arya

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46 92
Ollen Bruton Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
BabyMae1 added Ollen Bruton Smith

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2 11
Caio Portella is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Caio Portella added Caio Portella

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29 86
Brian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
slaft added Brian Roberts Comcast

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26 160
Marcus Lemonis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
leperchuanangels added Marcus Lemonis age 42

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70 316
Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Tim Cook age 56 - Apple