Barron's Names Steve Jobs "World's Most Valuable CEO"

As part of an announcement that should surprise few people, least of all Steve Jobs, Barron's has named Steve Jobs the "world's most valuable CEO" thanks to his direct impact on the company's stock prices and revenue.

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"Probably the world's most valuable CEO is Steve Jobs of Apple, as shown by stock dips on news of his medical problems," the report said. "Apple recently hit a record, with a market value topping $200 billion, a reflection of the Street's confidence that a healthy Jobs (at least from what we can tell) continues to keep Apple ahead of the game. Jobs likely accounts for $25 billion or more of Apple's market value."

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The gushing article comes in a handy refrigerator door-friendly form factor and concludes with a line that will surely make fanboys huzzah! and the haters groan:

"America could use 1,000 more just like him."

Not announced today: A list of CEOs it'd be most awkward to have a cup of coffee with after your two companies just had a huge public feud. [Barron's via AppleInsider]

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Flipside: if the company is too reliant on the CEO for their stock prices, that makes their stock prices really dependent on keeping him healthy. So random gadget blogs like enmodo and gizgadget can make or break a stock's prices based on (eventually true) rumors.