Portfolio's best and worst CEOs


Portfolio.com recently released its list of the world's 20 best and 20 worst CEOs. Taken as a pair, the lists say a lot about American business, but say even more about how Americans view business.

The compilation of the 20 best contains few surprises. America's car magnates are prominently featured, as befits a country in which the V-8 is next to godliness: Henry Ford is number one, and is joined by GM's Alfred Sloan and Chrysler's Lee Iacocca. For that matter, some of America's greatest innovators also made it to the top 20; in addition to Ford, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ray Kroc, and Walt Disney are all on the list. There are a few monopolists, including John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie, as well as a few dedicated money men, like Warren Buffett, JP Morgan, and Michael Bloomberg.