Top 10 Best Business Leaders of Today

A strong company is the result of good leadership. A strong leader is one that has the natural ability to take the information around him and turn it into something useful. Leaders inspire people, have a vision for the company that will make it successful and leave a permanent impression on the people that work for them.

The list of great business leaders throughout history includes innovators that have changed the way we think and live. The inspirational leaders of today follow in the pioneering footsteps of the greats that have come before them.

Jeff Bezos

You may not have heard of Jeff Bezos, but you have used one of his innovations at some point in your life. Jeff is the founder of Amazon.com and he is also the pioneer that inspired many of the online ecommerce platforms that are used today. He is a genius at Internet marketing and is constantly changing the way that people Interact with each other.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith is the CEO of Intuit, which is the company that sells Quickbooks. Not only is Brad responsible for one of the most innovative online bookkeeping products ever created, but he is also credited with establishing an extremely productive working atmosphere. Intuit has over 8,000 employees, and each one of them is encouraged to act on ideas which they think will improve the company.

Howard Schultz

Whenever you walk into a Starbucks, you are seeing the hard work of Howard Schultz. There was a time in his life, when he was building the Starbucks empire, that Schultz rarely slept. The result of his efforts has been a company that completely redefined the idea of franchising and helped to develop a healthy mix between franchise locations and corporate owned restaurants.

Larry Page

Larry Page is the man responsible for the financial and societal success of Google. Larry Page has never been concerned with what his critics think. His persistence has helped grow Google from just another search engine into the entity primarily responsible for organizing all content on the Internet.

Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett’s insistence that his tremendous wealth not change the way he lives or thinks is a model used by other successful business professional. Mr. Buffett still lives in the same house he owned when he and his wife first got married. He owns several large companies including Pepsi and Geico through his Berkshire Hathaway holding company. He is a brilliant investor and one of the finest business minds in the history of the United States.

Sir Richard Branson
Anything with the Virgin corporate tag on it reports directly to Richard Branson. That includes mega-companies such as Virgin Airlines and Virgin Records. One of the endearing things about Sir Richard is that his success has not squashed his love of the spotlight. He is just as known for his publicity stunts as he is for his ability to make great business decisions.

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch owns a large collection of successful television networks all under the umbrella of the News Corporation. One of his most famous networks is CNN. He has taken his desire to bring information to the world and turned it into a multi-billion dollar company.

Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi took over PepsiCo at a time when soft drinks and fast food were considered evil. She managed to turn her company’s focus around and helped it to prosper at a time when others in her industry were failing. She rebranded several companies and managed to keep the core Pepsi products popular at the same time.

Carlos Slim
Carlos Slim is one of those low-profile business geniuses that has spent his fair share of time at the top of the list of the richest people in the world. He made his fortune in international telecommunications, but his primary interests are in Mexico. He currently sits on the boards of some of the largest international telecommunication conglomerates in the world and continues to implement innovative changes.

Meg Whitman
It is not often that a business professional gets the chance to affect significant changes in two large, international corporations. Meg Whitman started off as the CEO for eBay, which she grew into the single largest online auction site in the world. When she was done innovating at eBay, she went on to be the CEO of computer giant Hewlett Packard. Whitman has managed to turn HP around and bring its policies and products into the modern age.

Business leaders are responsible for the fates of their companies and the people that rely on those companies for their living. Being a leader is a tough job, but some people seem to thrive under that kind of pressure.