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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 toytrukn78 added Dec. at 56 (1955-2011)
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Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
ithinkshows added age 47
SpaceX
3
Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 88
Berkshire Hathaway
4
Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 55
Amazon
5
Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 45
Google
6
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
StephenSSkinner added age 72
King of business and money making.
7
Satoru Iwata is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
voting closed at #14 Joy215 added age 59
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Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 74
Oracle
9
Satya Nadella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Karan Gakhar added age 52
10
Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Lon Harris added age 58
Netflix
11
Arunansh Arya is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Arunansh Arya added Arunansh Arya
12
Mukesh Ambani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
MUGESH added age 61
a great man with noble virtues....
 
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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 79
Polo Ralph Lauren
14
Clark Benson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
mwahahahaha added
Ranker.com
15
Steve Wynn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 77
Wynn Resorts
16
Ranker Video
ralph-engstrom added Bill Chaaban
CEN Biotech
17
Howard Schultz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 65
Starbucks
18
Frederick W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 74
FedEx
19
Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
MUGESH added age 34
20
Bob Iger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
bburke30152 added age 68
The Walt Disney Company
21
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
aair.surajj94 added age 62
Microsoft
22
James Sinegal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Lon Harris added age 83
Costco
23
Blake W. Nordstrom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 58
Nordstrom
24
William J. Lynch, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
age 48
Barnes & Noble
25
Christopher A Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World
Alaina Hillman added Christopher A Sinclair
Mattel