CNBC Chosen Rebels, Icons & Leaders Part 2
CNBC Chosen Rebels, Icons & Leaders Part 1
Finding The Next Zuckerberg Who Will Change The World Nikhil Deogun
Imagine a world without Google or Starbucks, or a world without Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates. It's inconceivable.
So what will be the next Facebook? Who will be the next Jack Welch or Sandy Weill?
Amid the day-to-day gyrations of the markets, it's sometimes difficult to take the long view. Earlier this year, in celebration of our silver anniversary, we unveiled the rebels, icons and leaders who have most influenced the world of business and, on occasion, our lives for the past 25 years in our CNBC First 25 list.
Prognosticating the next 25 years is tough, and choosing a contingent of people who will have the greatest influence between now and 2039 is even tougher.
So let's state at the outset that this is an inherently subjective act, and as such, there is bound to be debate and disappointment with those who didn't make the list—and perhaps even with those who did.
We cast a wide net, and our criteria were fairly broad.
We aimed to include the people we expected to have the greatest impact 25 years from now; we sought to think globally so you'll notice names that reflect the great diversity of the planet, and we wanted to make sure we didn't just include individuals in the technology industry, because so many other sectors are innovating in ways that will change our future.
We had one other requirement: If an individual already appeared on our CNBC First 25 list—that's you, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg—we're not including them on the Next 100. We're grandfathering them on the list as ex officio members.
Fortunately, we had the counsel of a terrific advisory board—Rob Nail, CEO, Singularity University; Ron Parker, president and CEO, The Executive Leadership Council; Linda Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO, Endeavor; Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief of Inc. and Kara Swisher, co-executive editor, Re/code—who helped us sift through different names and nominations from our own staff and from members of the CNBC First 25 list.
It will come as no surprise that there was some vigorous debate as we voted for different people from different backgrounds, with changes being made at the last minute.
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The result is a group of trailblazers—roughly a third women. The industries they represent are as varied as their backgrounds. They range from health and finance to energy, e-commerce and transportation.
There were a couple of easy picks: Elon Musk, the serial entrepreneur behind Tesla, the electric car company, and SpaceX, the spaceflight business.
It's unclear whether each business will reach their full potential or flame out, but whatever the outcome, his work over the next decade is likely to influence and continue to disrupt the industries he is in for years to come.
And who knows, at the rate he's going, he might start another company.
Similarly, Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, was also an early vote-getter. Ma's Alibaba is China's version of Amazon, eBay and a little bit of Google all rolled into one. Its evolution will impact billions of Chinese citizens, and the way Ma is talking, U.S. and European consumers may soon be using Alibaba, too.
Already, Alibaba is giving small businesses from all over the globe access to the Chinese market. If there was any hesitation about putting Ma on this list, it is his own words: At age 49, he gave up his CEO title, setting up a transition to a younger generation that he said "understand(s) the future better than us, and then have a better chance of seizing the future."
"It's impossible to tell if all the understudies to some of today's biggest names will innovate as much as their mentors. But we are betting on a few who will."
Culling the talent pool
Undoubtedly, we will get our fair share of carping for including a crop of current chief executives. "How can you include GM's Mary Barra or Apple's Tim Cook?" asked one of our ilk. "People are going to laugh at our Next list because they aren't next; they are now."
Our response: How can one ignore leaders who are in the very early innings of their tenure at iconic companies. Cook has been CEO for just three years, and as Apple's recent moves into mobile payments and fitness show, the company unquestionably has a profound effect on business and our lives.
Besides, when you look at our First list, some of the best-known figures—Rupert Murdoch or Li Ka-Shing—started to have some of their greatest influence when they were well into their 50s, 60s and beyond.
It's impossible to tell if all the understudies to some of today's biggest names will innovate as much as their mentors. But we are betting on a few who will. One who is already doing so is Jonathan Gray, a real estate whiz and partner at Blackstone Group.
While Blackstone is known as Steven Schwarzman's empire, Gray played a huge role in propelling its success over the past decade as the investors behind some its most profitable deals, including its $26 billion LBO of Hilton, the most profitable private equity deal in history.
Gray is expected to one day take over the firm, and we are gambling the name Gray will be among the Wall Street greats: Dimon, Kravis, Blankfein, Weill, Paulson, etc.
Even though baseball legend Casey Stengel warned: "Never make predictions, especially about the future," we have plowed ahead. Unlike with the CNBC First 25 list, which we narrowed down to 25 people, we are sticking with more than 100 because of the staggering scope of talent we had to choose from.
Consider these individuals our markers on the entrepreneurs, dreamers, financiers and corporate executives who are starting to influence what the world will look like in 2039. Who would be on your list?
Ahead of their time: Rebels, leaders and innovators The Next List
Rebels, Icons and Leaders
Lucky for us, there are young leaders eager to change the world and go against the status quo. In this volatile world challenged by booming populations, climate change, political unrest and sweeping technological transformation, these visionaries offer a dose of inspiration.
Here are the next generation of trailblazers who CNBC (and our trusty advisory board) believe will be instrumental in reshaping all facets of society—including business, finance, science and technology—over the next 25 years.
This NEXT LIST—which follows the CNBC First 25—includes just some of the entrepreneurs, financiers, inventors and executives who are working on innovative solutions to global challenges. Already many have sparked transformative changes in their respective industries and disciplines. (Read about our criteria here.)
The list is not intended to be, nor can be, comprehensive or definitive—which is where you come in. You may know other pioneers who deserve honorable mention, so we invite you to peer into the future and weigh in on our picks.
Bill Ackman Founder and CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management
Angela Ahrendts Senior vice president of retail, Apple
Jessica Alba Actor and co-founder, The Honest Co.
Sophia Amoruso Founder and CEO, Nasty Gal
Marc Andreessen General partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Garyn Angel Founder and CEO, MagicalButter
Ajay Banga President and CEO, MasterCard
Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal Co-founders, Flipkart
Mary Barra CEO, General Motors
Ayah Bdeir Interactive artist; founder and CEO, littleBits
Alex Behring Co-founder and managing partner, 3G Capital
Aneel Bhusri Co-founder and CEO, Workday
Hakan Binbasgil CEO, Akbank
Ana Botin Chair, Santander Group
Tory Burch Fashion designer; CEO, Tory Burch
Pete Cashmore CEO and founder, Mashable
Mike Cavanagh Co-president and co-COO, The Carlyle Group
Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler Co-founders, Kickstarter
Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia Co-founders, Airbnb
Kat Cole President, Cinnabon
Tim Cook CEO, Apple
Tracy Britt Cool, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler Berkshire Hathaway NexGen
Dick Costolo CEO, Twitter
Debra Crew President and CCO, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
Jack Dorsey Chairman and co-creator, Twitter; CEO, Square
David Drummond Chief legal officer, Google
Regina Dugan Vice president of special projects, Google
Daniel Ek Founder and CEO, Spotify
Amy Ellis-Simon Head of corporate access, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Steve Ells Founder and co-CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill
Mary Erdoes CEO, JPM Asset Management
Tom Farley President, NYSE Group, Intercontinental Exchange
Mark Fields President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
Jane Fraser CEO, consumer banking, Citigroup
Ed Garden Founding partner and chief investment officer, Trian Partners
Jonathan Gray Global head of real estate, Blackstone Group
Helen Greiner CEO, CyPhyWorks
Rachel Haot Chief digital officer, New York State
Reed Hastings CEO, Netflix
Mellody Hobson President, Ariel Investments
Elizabeth Holmes Founder and CEO, Theranos
Drew Houston Founder and CEO, Dropbox
Darren Huston President and CEO, The Priceline Group
Brett Icahn Portfolio manager, Icahn Capital
LeBron James Professional basketball player
Renee James President, Intel
Lei Jun Founder, chairman and CEO, Xiaomi Tech
Travis Kalanick Founder and CEO, Über
Alex Karp Co-founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
Ben Kaufman Founder & CEO, Quirky
Sal Khan Executive director, Khan Academy
Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng Co-founders, Coursera
Jan Koum Co-founder and CEO, WhatsApp
Max Levchin Co-founder and CEO, Affirm
Aaron Levie Co-founder and CEO, Box
Uri Levine and Ehud Shabtai Co-founders, Waze
Robin Li Co-founder, chairman and CEO, Baidu
Dan Loeb Founder and CEO, Third Point Partners
Jack Ma Founder and executive chairman, Alibaba
Pony Ma Founder, chairman and CEO, Tencent
Shannon May and Jay Kimmelman Co-founders, Bridge International Academies
Marissa Mayer President and CEO, Yahoo!
Doug McMillon President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores
Jordi Munoz and Chris Anderson Co-founders, 3D Robotics
James, Lachlan, Elisabeth Murdoch Murdoch NexGen
Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel Co-founders, Snapchat
Monica Musonda Founder and CEO, Java Foods
Elon Musk CEO and CTO, SpaceX; CEO, Tesla Motors
Blake Mycoskie Founder and chief Shoe Giver, Toms Shoes
Satya Nadella CEO, Microsoft
Alexis Ohanian Co-founder, Reddit
Jennifer Pahlka Founder and executive director, Code for America
Jonah Peretti Founder and CEO, Buzzfeed
Tyler Perry Actor, producer and writer
Karl-Johan Persson CEO and president, H&M
Bre Pettis Co-founder and former CEO, MakerBot
Sundar Pichai Senior vice president Android, Chrome, apps
Kevin Plank Chairman and CEO, Under Armour
Rapelang Rabana Founder and CEO, Rekindle Learning
Shonda Rhimes TV and movie screenwriter, director and producer
Lyndon Rive Co-founder and CEO, SolarCity
Larry Robbins Founder and CEO, Glenview Capital Management
Gisel Ruiz Executive vice president and COO, Wal-Mart
Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook
Reshma Saujani Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
Charlie Scharf CEO of Visa
Ryan Seacrest Hollywood radio and TV producer
Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann Co-founders, Pinterest
Clara Shih Co-founder and CEO, Hearsay Social
Gwynne Shotwell President and COO, SpaceX
Shane Smith Co-founder and CEO, VICE
Kevin Systrom Co-founder and CEO, Instagram
Peter Thiel Managing partner, Founders Fund
Alexa von Tobel Founder and CEO, LearnVest
Jun Wang Director, BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute)
Jeff Weiner CEO, LinkedIn
Emily White COO, Snapchat
Anne Wojcicki Co-founder and CEO, 23andMe
Susan Wojcicki CEO, YouTube
Nick Woodman CEO, GoPro