The 15 Best CEOs of the Bull Market

The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has gone a long way since hitting bottom in March 2009.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 30:Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook f8 conference on April 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Facebook is hosting the on
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has gone a long way since hitting bottom in March 2009. The index has raced from a low of 676.53 all the way to current highs near 2,670 over the past eight-plus years, and momentum still appears to be on the bull market’s side.

You could’ve built a profitable portfolio by throwing darts in that situation, but many of the investments that have stood out most during this bull market share at least one thing in common: They’re helmed by some of the best CEOs in the corporate world.

What separates many great CEOs from the pack is their ability to see around corners – to get in front of change, then lead it. It’s about seeing things such as “apps” or “cloud computing" as more than buzzwords. It’s about understanding how those and other new technologies and practices can transform entire industries, possessing the courage to invest in those changes, and having the perseverance to stay with a corporate vision in the face of skepticism.

Today, we’re looking at 15 CEOs that led their companies to greatness during the bull market – most of whom are still at the helm. They come from a diverse set of backgrounds, from innovational founders to someone who worked his way up from the company’s loading dock.

Data is as of Dec. 21, 2017. CEOs are listed in alphabetical order. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.