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The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World 

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Updated October 26, 2019 16.9k votes 3k voters 142.3k views 39 items

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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Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
ithinkshows added Age 47 from Pretoria, South Africa
SpaceX
2
Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 88 from Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
Berkshire Hathaway
3
Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
voting closed at #2 toytrukn78 added Dec. at 56 (1955-2011) from California, United States of America
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Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 55 from Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
Amazon
5
Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 45 from East Lansing, Michigan
Google
6
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
StephenSSkinner added Age 72 from New York City, New York, United States of America
King of business and money making.
7
Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 74 from Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America
Oracle
8
Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Lon Harris added Age 58 from Boston, Massachusetts
Netflix
9
Satya Nadella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Karan Gakhar added Age 52 from Hyderabad, India
10
Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 79 from New York City, New York, United States of America
Polo Ralph Lauren
11
Mukesh Ambani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
MUGESH added Age 61 from Aden, Yemen
a great man with noble virtues....
 
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Steve Wynn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 77 from New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Wynn Resorts
13
Clark Benson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
mwahahahaha added
Ranker.com
14
Satoru Iwata is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
voting closed at #14 Joy215 added Age 59 from Sapporo, Japan
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Ranker Video
ralph-engstrom added Bill Chaaban
CEN Biotech
16
Arunansh Arya is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Arunansh Arya added Arunansh Arya
17
Howard Schultz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 65 from New York City, New York, United States of America
Starbucks
18
Frederick W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 74 from USA, Mississippi, Marks
FedEx
19
Ashanti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Age 38 from USA, New York, Glen Cove
20
Bob Iger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
bburke30152 added Age 68 from Oceanside, New York
The Walt Disney Company
21
Christopher A Sinclair ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Alaina Hillman added Christopher A Sinclair
Mattel
22
Lee Kun-hee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
garybhatnagar added Age 77 from Uiryeong County, South Korea
23
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
aair.surajj94 added Age 62 from Detroit, Michigan
Microsoft
24
William J. Lynch, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Barnes & Noble
25
Blake W. Nordstrom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Nordstrom