At McGee’s we want to help you celebrate those leaders accomplishing the impossible within your business. For that reason, we put together our list of the top business leaders of 2017.


While, the year 2017 was full of ups and downs, business growth surged around the country. The election of President Trump’s might’ve brought in a variety of good and bad, but businesses saw a burst in optimism among investors and the overall economy.


We put together our list of business men and women who stood out last year in revolutionizing the business world and inspiring other leaders to do the same. From a man who shot rockets into space to a woman who believed in the auto industry even when her company was hurting, here’s our list of the top ten most influential business leaders in 2017.



Jeff Bezos

Founder and CEO, Amazon


“I’ve made billions of dollars of failures at Literally billions of dollars of failures. You might remember or It was like getting a root canal with no anesthesia. None of those things are fun. But they also don’t matter.” (Business Insider, 2016)


Elon Musk

CEO, SpaceX


“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.” (Inc., 2015)


Paul Polman

CEO, Unilever


“Leadership is not a contest of likeability. Leadership often boils down to making the tougher choices. You are not in a popularity contest. But you try to be respected [through] values of dignity and respect for the people you deal with.” (Financial Times, 2017)


Zhang Ruimin

CEO, Haier Group


“At Haier, we have a saying: “Successful companies move with the times.” Lack of entrepreneurial spirit is a major reason for the decreasing competitiveness—and even the eventual collapse—of big enterprises.” (Strategy-Business, 2014)


Tim Cook

CEO, Apple


“It’s about finding your values, and committing to them. It’s about finding your North Star. It’s about making choices. Some are easy. Some are hard. And some will make you question everything,” (George Washington University commencement speech, 2015)


Mary Barra

Chariman and CEO, General Motors


“If we win the hearts and minds of employees, we’re going to have better business success.” (Fortune video conversation in 2013)


Marissa Mayer

American Executive/ Former Yahoo! President and CEO             


“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” (CNN, 2012)


Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”



Marc Benioff

CEO and Chairman, Salesforce


“In all industries, people often overestimate what you can do in one year and they underestimate what you can do in ten.”


Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor

CEO, Intercorp


“I’m proud to be called a business person because I think we can be a good example of how to make the economic pie bigger, create a shared value, where everybody benefits.” (Tuck School of Business Dartmouth University, 2017)


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