Jack Welch, former chief executive officer of General Electric Co., stands for a photograph at the World Business Forum in New York.
Photograph by Peter Foley — Bloomberg via Getty Images
By Tom Huddleston Jr.
June 8, 2015

At first glance, the top of the 1995 Fortune 500 looks awfully familiar.

Just like 20 years ago, the top 10 companies in this year’s Fortune 500 include Ford Motor (F), General Electric (GE), General Motors (GM) and Walmart (WMT), though not in the same order. Exxon and Mobil are still ranked near the top, only now they’re part of the same company. But, AT&T (T) and IBM (IBM) have fallen just outside the top 10, while Sears Roebuck (now Sears Holdings (SHLD)) is now far from the upper echelons of the list, and Philip Morris goes by a completely different name.

But what about the people who led those companies two decades ago? Some of those men (yes, all men) have settled into quiet retirement, while others are still making news. And, not surprisingly, a couple of them have passed on. In every case, though, these former CEOs had to face the same big question: What do you do after leading one of the world’s biggest companies?

Here’s a look at what the CEOs from the top 10 companies of 1995 have been up to.


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