Who beat Richard Branson to the top spot of most inspirational business leader?

Here is the top 10

Unilever CEO Paul Polman, Sir Richard Branson of Virgin and the late Steve Jobs make up the top three most inspirational business leaders, according to a survey.

The poll of more than over 900 business leaders across 42 countries found Polman the most admired businessperson.

Mhairi McEwan group CEO and a co-founder of Brand Learning, which carried out the study said: “Organisations need leaders who can create growth among heightened and often competing demands, fuelling momentum behind their goals. The people highlighted by their peers as the cream of the crop when it comes to growth are all known for their success and growth-driving behaviour.”

1.            Paul Polman, Unilever CEO

2.            Sir Richard Branson

3.            Steve Jobs

4.            Gavin Patterson, BT CEO

5.            Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO

6.            A.G. Lafley, former P&G CEO

7.            Allan Leighton, former Asda CEO

8.            Amy Hood, Microsoft CFO

9.            Ana Botin, executive chairman of Santander

10.          Angela Ahrendts, Apple, senior VP, retail & online store

The most admired businesses when it comes to handling growth were:

  1. Apple
  2. Google
  3. Unilever
  4. Amazon
  5. Uber
  6. Airbnb
  7. Facebook
  8. Proctor & Gamble
  9. General Electric
  10. Nike



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