Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos got a nod from Fortune as the businessperson of the year Thursday, topping a list full of technology and telecommunications executives.
The magazine called him the “ultimate disrupter,” citing the way Bezos approaches everything from executive meetings to his tendency to ignore Wall Street and focus on Amazon’s long-term business goals.
The cover article on Bezos also focuses on the many comparisons people have made between him and Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, saying that Bezos has the same shrewd business sense and uncompromising drive that so many admired in Jobs. On the other hand, the article noted, Apple and Amazon couldn’t have more different business models, with Amazon focusing on low prices and low profit margins while Apple makes money on its hardware to fund other products.
Talking about his newest title on the “Today” show Friday, Bezos said that he’s “very optimistic” about the holiday shopping season and that he expects it to be the company's best holiday season ever.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook was a runner-up to the title, followed by Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal’s Steve Burke. John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, was number four, followed by Samsung’s Oh-Hyun Kwon, and Google’s Larry Page. Other tech executives who made the list of 50: Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Seagate’s Stephen Luczo, IBM’s Ginni Rommety, Hon Hai’s Terry Gou, NetSuite’s Zach Nelson, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square.
Warren Buffett won the readers’ poll for best businessman of the year.