Every business graduate wishes to become a CEO of a company one day. The lust to climb the corporate ladder ignites as soon as you land your first job and for most people, this is the very space where they map out a career growth strategy and stay committed to it. Being a CEO of a company is not an easy job; people do not realize the underlying truth of such a responsibility. Surely, it is glamorous and you get to wear more suits than you ever will in your lifetime but all the stake relies upon your decision making and as much frightening it may seem, it is definitely fascinating.

We are talking about the top CEOs in the world today who have made significant contributions to their companies. These people are a core reason why their companies reach exuberant success every fiscal year and just why they are important besides their basic professional jobs.

James Michael Lafferty

He is the CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding, previously a CEO of The Coca-Cola Company (Bottling) in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, and British American Tobacco in the Philippines. James has also been the coach of Nigerian Marathon team and Philippines in Rio Olympics of 2016. He co-founded a beginners’ marathon event called The Bull Runner Dream Marathon, which is held in Manila every February. A University of Cincinnati graduate, he is a professional athletics coach, award-winning columnist for a leading Philippines-based newspaper, a college professor and competitive powerlifter.

Indra Nooyi

The powerful President and CEO of PepsiCo have been a key individual. She is a graduate of Yale School of Management and is responsible for over 26,000 global employees. She even oversaw the major acquisition of Tropicana in 1998 and her business strategy has been followed since a decade now. Indra is the 5th CEO of PepsiCo and was named 2nd Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune magazine in 2015. Her net worth is $80 million.

Tim Cook

Filling the footsteps of late Steve Jobs wasn’t easy but Tim Cook has been recognized as a highly influential CEO in the tech industry today. He holds an MBA from Duke University and joined Apple back in 1998. After Jobs resigned, Cook was announced as the company’s CEO in 2011. Tim Cook has steered Apple Inc. to a great record of annual profits and overseen releases of most modern iPhones and other Apple products. He was named Person of the Year in 2014 by Financial Times.

Jack Ma

He leads an inspirational story and was even denied by KFC for a minimum wage job. He was rejected by Harvard University and different other institutions. After facing rejection from 30 job offers, Jack Ma decided to keep pursuing his goals. He started his first company in 1995. Then, founded Alibaba in 1999 with 18 people and it quickly became a billion dollar company. He is the Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group and has many different brands under the portfolio: AliExpress, Alipay, Alibaba e-commerce, Taobao Marketplace, eTao, Tmall, Alibaba Cloud Computing, 1688, Juhuasuan.