Citation compares him to Thomas Edison, Alexander Bell and Walt Disney

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“For the Apple faithful,” writes MarketWatch‘s Russ Britt, “the decade was a virtual orgy of technological wonderment… Investors who plunked down $1,000 on Apple stock at the end of 2000 would have seen it grow to nearly $43,000 by the end of the decade.”

For those reasons and more, Apple’s AAPL CEO has been named MarketWatch’s CEO of the Decade.

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