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Tech Titans Again Dominate Fortune's Businessperson of the Year List

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Apple's Tim Cook and Uber's Travis Kalanick all cracked the top 10.

Asa Mathat

Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year list is your annual reminder that tech companies — and their CEOs — rake in a lot of dough.

Although Nike CEO Mark Parker took home the No. 1 spot this year, half of the top 10 were tech leaders: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (No. 2), Electronic Arts’ Andrew Wilson (No. 3), Apple’s Tim Cook (No. 4), Xiaomi’s Lei Jun (No. 7) and Uber’s Travis Kalanick (No. 8). (And if you want to include biotech, add Biogen’s George Scangos at No. 10.)

Since 2010, Fortune has ranked the 50 top executives in a range of industries based on their companies’ revenue, profit growth and influence. Tech titans always dominate the ranks. In fact, this is only the second time in six years that a tech CEO hasn’t been ranked as No. 1. In previous years, Google’s Larry Page, Tesla’s Elon Musk, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Netflix’s Reed Hastings have all graced Fortune’s cover with the crown.

This year marked Zuckerberg’s fifth appearance on the list, Cook’s fourth and Kalanick’s third. Kalanick was one of only two CEO’s in the top 10 who represented a private company (Xiaomi’s Lei was the other). Fortune said Kalanick would’ve been No. 1 if it were crowning winners “solely on disruption, money raising, valuation,” but Uber’s youth, burn rate and government fights knocked him down to No.8.

China’s tech elite also had a strong showing on the list this year. Alongside Lei, Alibaba’s Jack Ma made No. 25 and Pony Ma of media conglomerate Tencent hit No. 27.

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