By Alan Murray and Geoffrey Smith
June 5, 2017

Good morning.

As part of our annual survey of Fortune 500 CEOs, we asked them which of their peers they admired most. Top honor this year went, for the second year in a row, to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, whose name was mentioned by 10 of the CEOs responding to the question. JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon ran a close second with 9 mentions.

Third place was a tie, with both Disney CEO Bob Iger and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett receiving four votes each. GM’s Mary Barra received two mentions.

Apple’s Tim Cook, who shared the top spot with Dimon two years ago, got only one vote this year. Other worthies with one vote each: FedEx’s Fred Smith (see my recent interview with him here), Northrup Grumman’s Wes Bush, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Walmart’s Doug McMillon, Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi, Marriott’s Arne Sorenson, Colgate’s Ian Cook, Alphabet’s Larry Page, AGCO’s Martin Richenhagen, GE’s Jeff Immelt, and Henry Schein’s Stan Bergman. If you’ve never heard of Bergman, check out my piece from a year ago, here.

This year’s Fortune 500 list will be published online Wednesday, so stay tuned. In advance, here’s a bonus quiz question: What newcomer to the Fortune 500 list this year has a CEO who earned $33 million in 2016 and is currently dating a fellow billionaire? Those who answer correctly get a free subscription to CEO Daily for the acquaintance of their choice.

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