Innovation

Top innovative leaders in the world

Jun 27, 2019 | 42 views

What sets superstars apart from innovation is not just creativity and cool ideas. Nikola Tesla may have been brighter than Thomas Edison, but Edison was responsible for initiatives that changed the world while Tesla died out of money. The distinction between the two is what professors Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Nathan Furr of the INSEAD business school call innovation capital. It's a combination of strengths from the ability to drive innovation to powerful connections with other leaders and, perhaps more importantly, a growing history of doing great new things happen.

Dyer and Furr ranked leaders with the largest innovation capital by four key qualities: reputation for innovation (looking at media coverage in five years), social networking and connections (on Twitter and LinkedIn), value creation history in the growth of the market value of their companies) and the investors' expectations regarding the creation of future value (as measured by high level investors with shares in their companies).

Here's the 10 most innovative leaders in the world and the methodology used to create the ranking:

10. Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Company: Alphabet / Google
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 491 billion
Gains in the stock market: 197%
Innovation Award: 37.5%

9. Jeff Weiner

Company: LinkedIn
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 16 billion
Earnings in the stock market: 90%
Innovation award: 60%

8. Reed Hastings

Publisher: Netflix
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 78 billion
Gains in the stock market: 1,351%
Innovation Award: 71.5%

7. Shantanu Narayen

Publisher: Adobe Systems
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 68 billion
Earnings in the stock market: 365%
Innovation Award: 62.8%

6. Marc Benioff

Publisher: Salesforce
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 50 billion
Gains in the stock market: 143%
Innovation Award: 82.4%

5. Satya Nadella

Company: Microsoft
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 278 billion
Gains in the stock market: 84%
Innovation Award: 26%

4. Tim Cook

Company: Apple
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 369 billion
Gains in the stock market: 123%
Innovation award: 12%

3. Mark Zuckerberg

Company: Facebook
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 376 billion
Gains in the stock market: 563%
Innovation Award: 70%

2. Elon Musk

Publisher: Tesla Motors
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 48 billion
Gains in the stock market: 819%
Innovation Award: 79.9%

1. Jeff Bezos

Company: Amazon
Creation of market value in three years: US $ 450 billion
Gains in the stock market: 366%
Innovation Award: 72.8%