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Methodology for Businessperson of the Year

To compile this year’s Businessperson of the Year list of finalists, we considered more than two-dozen metrics. Financial results, including 12-month and three-year growth in profits and revenues, figured prominently in our analysis. We also factored in company stock performance and total shareholder returns over the same periods. Nonfinancial elements, like business influence, leadership style, and strategic initiatives, played a part in our evaluation as well. Finally, to round out our thinking, Fortune consulted a handful of leadership experts—from top business consultants like Ram Charan to Stanford business school professor Jeff Pfeffer to former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy. We are grateful for the guidance.