Top 10: Technology CEOs

We highlight the 10 most influential technology leaders, whose decisions and actions are poised to have a lasting impact on the global business landscape

In an era of rapid technological advancement, the role of business leaders has become increasingly crucial in navigating the complexities of emerging trends and innovations. From the continued rise of artificial intelligence to the evolving landscape of digital platforms, today's top technology CEOs are at the forefront of shaping the future of industries and redefining the boundaries of what's possible.

This month, Technology Magazine highlights the 10 most influential technology leaders, whose decisions and actions are poised to have a lasting impact on the global business landscape.

10. Michael Dell, CEO, Dell Technologies

Michael Dell

Founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell started Dell in his University of Texas at Austin dorm room in 1984, pioneering the direct sales model of computers, which allowed for customized systems to be built at competitive prices. 

Under Michael Dell's leadership, the company expanded its offerings beyond personal computers to include servers, storage solutions, networking and software. In 2016, Dell Inc. merged with EMC Corporation in one of the largest technology mergers in history, forming Dell Technologies.

Revenue: US$102.3bn

Employees: 165,000

CEO: Michael S. Dell

Founded: 1984

9. Sundar Pichai, CEO, Alphabet

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, has been a central figure in the tech world since assuming leadership of Google in 2015 and later Alphabet in 2019. Pichai originally joined Google in 2004, quickly rising through the ranks and playing a pivotal role in the development of key products such as Google Chrome, Chrome OS and Google Drive. 

As CEO, Pichai has overseen major initiatives including the expansion of hardware products, its focus on AI technology, and significant advancements in cloud computing. 

Revenue: US$307.4bn

Employees: 182,381

CEO: Sundar Pichai

Founded: 1998 (Google)

8. Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce

Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff, CEO and co-founder of Salesforce, has been a pioneering force in cloud computing since establishing the company in 1999. With Salesforce, Benioff revolutionised the software industry by moving CRM to the cloud, making it accessible and scalable for businesses of all sizes. 

His leadership extends beyond technology, emphasizing philanthropy through the 1-1-1 model, which donates 1% of Salesforce’s equity, products and employee hours to community initiatives. Benioff is also a vocal advocate for social issues and corporate responsibility, driving dialogue in areas such as environmental sustainability and equality.

Revenue: US$34.9bn

Employees: 70,000+

CEO: Marc Benioff

Founded: 1999

7. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Meta

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, has been a defining figure in the tech industry since co-founding Facebook in 2004. Attending Harvard University before famously dropping out to focus on his burgeoning social network, in recent years, Zuckerberg has pivoted the company’s focus towards building the metaverse, aiming to create interconnected virtual experiences that transcend traditional social media. 

More recently Meta has also started to emphasize the development of generative AI technologies, signaling its commitment to staying at the forefront of AI advancements.

Revenue: US$134.9bn

Employees: 67,317

CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

Founded: 2004 

6. Lisa Su, CEO, AMD

Lisa Su

Lisa Su, CEO of AMD since October 2014, has been instrumental in revitalizing the semiconductor company. Born in Taiwan, she moved to the United States and earned a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT. 

Under her leadership, AMD has challenged its competitors in the CPU and GPU markets, significantly improving its technology and market share. Su’s strategic focus on high-performance computing and graphics technologies has led to notable partnerships and product innovations, positioning AMD as a key player in global tech industries. 

Revenue: US$22.7bn

Employees: 26,000

CEO: Lisa Su

Founded: 1969

5. Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI

Sam Altman

CEO of OpenAI since March 2019, Sam Altman is a prominent figure in the technology industry, known for his role in advancing artificial intelligence. Attending Stanford University before leaving to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, Altman was formerly the president of Y Combinator, a leading startup accelerator, which significantly impacted the tech startup ecosystem. 

At OpenAI, Altman has focused on developing AI responsibly and ensuring its benefits are widely distributed. His vision encompasses not just technological breakthroughs but also addressing global challenges through AI innovations. 

Revenue: US$1.3bn

Employees: 500

CEO: Sam Altman

Founded: 2015

4. Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon

Andy Jassy

Appointed CEO of Amazon in July 2021, Andy Jassy previously led Amazon Web Services (AWS) from its inception, significantly shaping the cloud computing industry. Jassy’s tenure at AWS was marked by pioneering cloud services that became integral to countless businesses globally. 

Now as CEO of Amazon, he oversees all aspects of the company, focusing on innovation, customer service and expanding market share, while overseeing Amazon’s focus on future technologies like AI.

Revenue: US$574.8bn

Employees: 1,525,000

CEO: Andy Jassy

Founded: 1994

3. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

Tim Cook

Tim Cook, the Chief Executive Officer of Apple, has been at the helm of the company since August 2011, succeeding Steve Jobs. Under his leadership, Apple has seen significant growth, emphasising sustainability and social responsibility in its operations. 

Cook has expanded Apple’s product line and seen it enter new markets, from the world of spatial computing with its Apple Vision Pro headset to teasing the company’s future investments in generative AI.

Revenue: US$383.2bn

Employees: 161,000

CEO: Tim Cook

Founded: 1976

2. Jensen Huang, CEO, Nvidia

Jensen Huang

Nvidia experienced huge AI and generative AI breakthroughs in 2023, with CEO and Founder Jensen Huang announcing it expected to become the world’s first trillion-dollar semiconductor stock. 

After founding Nvidia alongside Curtis Priem and Chris Malachowsky in 1993, Huang has navigated the company branching out from mainly focusing on gaming to being one of the most influential companies in the world today.

Under Huang’s leadership Nvidia has been the best-performing tech stock over the last year. In its Q3 2023 report for the 2024 financial year Nvidia announced that its total revenue was up 206% year-on-year to US$18.12bn, particularly driven by strong data centre growth.

Revenue: US$26.97bn

Employees: 29,600

CEO: Jensen Huang

Founded: 1993

1. Satya Nadella, CEO and Chair, Microsoft

Satya Nadella

In a decade of Satya Nadella’s leadership, Microsoft has grown to one of the largest companies in the world, with its value swelling to over US$3tn. 

Joining Microsoft in 1992, after a short spell at Sun Microsystems, Nadella quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company, including EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group where he oversaw Microsoft Azure and the company’s repositioning towards cloud services.

Under Nadella’s leadership, Azure – Microsoft’s cloud platform – has grown to become one of the leading cloud computing platforms globally, while the company has embraced the generative AI revolution: building it into its consumer and enterprise offerings. Microsoft has made several investments in the AI space, most notably investing billions in ChatGPT creator OpenAI.

Revenue: US$211.9bn

Employees: 221,000

CEO: Satya Nadella

Founded: 1975

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