Why These 9 CEOs Belong on the World’s Greatest Leaders List

March 23, 2017, 2:00 PM UTC
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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk introduces the falcon wing door on the Model X electric sports-utility vehicles during a presentation in Fremont, California, U.S. September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo - RTX2QJEW
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In our current culture, CEOs arguably command more power than respect. You can blame that in part on the light-speed exchange of information in the digital era. As Fortune‘s Geoff Colvin writes in the introduction to this year’s World’s Greatest Leaders list, “Easier access to information for customers, competitors, and others causes industry dominance to change more quickly, corporate life spans to decline, and executive tenures to shorten.” What’s more, unflattering news goes viral in an instant.

Nonetheless, year after year there are chief executives whose impact, not just on their own companies but on the world around them, is so significant that they deserve to rank among the greats. Our annual leader list spans politics, the arts, activism, sports and the nonprofit world, but each year, many business figures shine in this particular galaxy. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is one of only two people who have made all four editions of our list. (The other is Pope Francis.)

Here are nine private-sector CEOs who made Fortune‘s 2017 list. (For the rest of the list, click here.)

Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Founder and CEO, Amazon
Rank on 2017 list: No. 5

Related: How Jeff Bezos Became a Power Beyond Amazon

Paul Polman

Paul Polman, chief executive officer of Unilever.

CEO, Unilever
Rank on 2017 list: No. 20

Zhang Ruimin

CEO, Haier Group
Rank on 2017 list: No. 24

Raj Panjabi

Last Mile Health CEO Dr. Raj Panjabi (right) speaks at the FORTUNE + TIME Global Forum.

CEO, Last Mile Health
Rank on 2017 list: No. 28

Elon Musk

CEO, Tesla and Space X
Rank on 2017 list: No. 30

Lisa Su

CEO, Advanced Micro Devices
Rank on 2017 list: No. 50

Jamie Dimon

CEO, J.P. Morgan
Rank on 2017 list: No. 39

Marc Benioff

CEO and Chairman, Salesforce
Rank on 2017 list: No. 43

Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor

CEO, Intercorp
Rank on 2017 list: No. 49

Click here to see the full 2017 World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list, our annual directory of world-changing leaders in business, government, philanthropy and beyond.

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