Who will be the next CEO of the century?

Wall Street has always enjoyed electing the best businessmen of their time. If yesterday’s champions were American, the wheel could turn in the direction of Asia.

Business literature has successively dedicated outstanding businessmen such as Henry Ford, Lee Iacoca, Jacques Welch, Bill Gates Where Steve Jobs. If Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General Electric occupied the front of the stage at the end of the twentieth century, the beginning of the century being naturally devolved to Henry Ford, it is towards Steve Jobs that all the spotlights have been pointed recently. Western projectors, forgetting rather quickly the arrival in force of a new generation of companies and especially the faces of leaders who could sooner or later snatch the title of best CEO turn of the century, awarded by a power other than Wall Street this time. Overview of the candidates in the running.

Jeff Bezos


Jeffrey Bezos, says Jeff Bezos, born in 1964, is the founder, major shareholder and chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Amazon.com. The company began in the sale of books online, then expanded its offer with many products and services. Bezos is also the founder of aerospace company Blue Origin, which made its first test flights in 2015, and owner of The Washington Post since 2013.

He became, in November 2017, the richest person in the world, with a fortune estimated at more than 100 billion US dollars.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin


Larry Page and Sergey Brinare the co-founders of the website and search engine Google. They worked on an internet search engine project that would become Google in 1998. By inventing the PageRank process for ranking Web pages according to their popularity, and no longer the number of times they appear the searched word, they revolutionized the world of search engines and dethroned Yahoo! They co-run Google’s parent company, Alphanet Inc., whose name is a pun: alphabet (to bet on the alpha) meaning: let’s bet on the alpha, ie infinity, showing how the two boys still have plenty of projects.

mark zuckerberg


Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, says Zuck in Silicon Valley, born in 1984, is the co-founder of the Facebook social networking website, of which he is the president and CEO. Facebook was founded in 2004 by Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

In 2010, mark zuckerberg is named “Person of the Year” by Time magazine and the most influential personality in the world, followed by Steve Jobs. According to Forbes magazine, his personal fortune is estimated at 71.8 billion US dollars. He is therefore placed fifth on Forbes’ list of world’s billionaires.

Elon Musk


Tesla, Inc., is an automotive manufacturer of sports and luxury electric cars, located in Silicon Valley. The company was founded in 2003 and takes its name from the inventor Nikola Tesla. Elon Musk is the founder and co-director of other revolutionary companies such as Palantize (big data), The Boring Company (Hyperloop project), SolarCity (renewable energy), SpaceX (aerospace), Neuralink (neurotechnology).

Faced with the internet giants, the GAFA (Google, Apple, Facenook, Amazon) China is advancing its pawns. We are now talking about BATX (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi). Baibu being the equivalent of a Chinese Google, Alibaba of an Amazon, Tencent of a Facebook and Xiaomi of an Apple.

Li Yanhong (李彦宏) and Eric Xu (徐勇)


Baidu (simplified Chinese: 百度) is the Chinese search engine equivalent to Google. Founded by Li Yanhong (李彦宏) and Eric Xu (徐勇) in January 2000 in Beijing, Baidu quickly became Number 1 thanks to its Mandarin search technology. It is the most visited site in China, in 2016 was the fourth most visited site in the world. Baidu means “One Hundred Degrees” in Chinese. In front of Googleits slogan is “ Baidu knows Chinese better.

Baidu was listed on the Nasdaq in New York and its first quotations panicked the market, rising in a few hours from 27 to more than 122 dollars, an increase of 354%. Today, Baidu processes over 200 million searches with 10,000 employees.

Baidu follows the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Security and filters both questions and answers. From April 28 to May 3, 2008, for example, searches for Carrefour, the French hypermarkets with a strong presence in China, received the response “This search is not currently authorized”.

Jack Ma


E-commerce in China started much differently than in the United States or Europe. Its real kickoff was given by the company Alibaba, which began by connecting buyers and sellers with a very BtoB logic. Ali Baba Group (simplified Chinese: 阿里巴巴集团) is a Chinese company, founded by Jack Maprivately owned and owned by a family that derives its income mainly from its marketplace activities on the Internet, including a public market intended to facilitate exchanges between companies (whether international or Chinese), a payment solution (AliPay) and retail sales, a search engine for shopping and cloud computing services.

Often compared to Amazon, Ali Baba is above all a company offering a BtoB service, purchasing products in volume. A restaurateur will buy hundreds of glasses, plates and tablecloths there. Another company will order hundreds of phones, desks and laptops there.

Alibaba has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since September 19, 2014. Its IPO holds the record for the world’s largest IPO at $25 billion.

If Jack Ma has now left his position as CEO of his group, he is nonetheless a very striking personality who should continue to surprise us.

Ma Huateng and Zhang Zhidong


Tencent is a company specializing in internet and mobile services as well as online advertising. Its headquarters are located in Shenzhen, China. The company was founded byMa Huateng and Zhang Zhidong.

Its flagship product, WeChat has become a kind of mix between Facebook, Twitter and HotMail which the Chinese can no longer do without. WeChat is a mobile text and voice messaging application. It also allows audio and video calls. The app is very popular in China and has over 1 billion accounts worldwide. It has been available in other languages ​​since 2012, when it was launched outside of China. Its international expansion includes India in particular.

The services offered by Tencent include social networks, web portals, online sales and network games. The company also manages messaging services such as QQ (the equivalent of a Chinese Hotmail), Tencent QQ instant messaging (a kind of Messenger) and above all operates one of the most important web portals in China: QQ.com.

Lei Jun


Xiaomi (simplified Chinese: 小米科技) is a Chinese consumer electronics and computer company, based in Beijing and specialized in mobile telephony. It was created by Lei Jun.

In 2014, Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion.

Since then, Xiaomi has diversified into several areas while becoming the world’s fifth largest smartphone manufacturer, regularly gaining market share against Samsung or Apple.

Xiaomi also manufactures tablets, connected bracelets, external batteries, Hi-Fi headphones and headsets, game controllers, equipment for connected homes, miniature cameras, boxes, routers and smart televisions. Since 2015, Xiaomi is also a telephone operator. In July 2017, Xiaomi announced its arrival on the connected assistant market in China with the Mi AI Speaker.

Ren Zheng Fei


Ren Zheng Fei (simplified Chinese: 任正非) is a Chinese entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies. He is a former People’s Army cadre and a member of the Chinese Communist Party.

Huawei’s historical business is the supply of telecommunications networks to operators: the company provides hardware, software and services for operators’ telecommunications networks and corporate IT networks.

Today, Huawei is a provider of digital solutions in terminals, networks and cloud, for operators, companies and consumers. Its products and solutions are deployed in more than 170 countries.

In 2018, Huawei was the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer behind Samsung and ahead of Apple. The tremendous progress of the group has attracted all eyes lately and a beginning of consensus is emerging, at least in France, to consider Huawei as a model in terms of business digitalization.

Zhou Hongyi


Perfect incarnation of the gladiator entrepreneur, which Zhongguancun (the Chinese Silicon Valley) produced in number, Zhou Hongyi marvelously embodies a ferocious capitalism allowing the creation of gigantic companies. Multi billionaire and regularly gaining places in the rankings of the richest men in China or in the world, he is the founder of Qihoo 360, is a company specializing in internet security. He or other entrepreneurs who will have killed him by then, or whom he himself will have succeeded in ousting in a ruthless universe that has become the Chinese Silicon Valley, could come to lengthen this list.

Unless the future Steve Jobs is hiding at the head of a Korean company like Samsung or Naver, or an Indian one like Tata Group, Mahindra & Mahindra or Jain Irrigation. But in reality, behind the choice of a man who has become the symbol of a changing world, would other changes be hidden? Like the growing difficulty of the United States in asserting its status as the economic, technological and ideological leader of a capitalism shaped to their measurements. Or, the impossibility for a single man to succeed Steve Jobs, as in the scientific world where medals are now rarely awarded to a single man, but more to a team… The CEO of the 21st century may be a team more than only one man.

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