Apple CEO Tim Cook tops Fortune magazine’s 50 Greatest Leaders list for 2015

Fortune magazine releases its 50 Greatest Leaders list for 2015.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FORTUNE MAGAZINE) – Apple CEO Tim Cook leads Fortune magazine’s 50 Greatest Leaders list for 2015.

In a press release magazine editors said: “We cast a wide net in assembling our list, which includes leaders without any formal designation as well as elected government officials, CEOs, chiefs of NGOs, clergy, coaches, athletes, artists, and more-all judged on their leadership within their professional domains, industries, or fields of service or governance.”

Last year, Cook was ranked 33rd on the publications annual list. Other repeats from 2014 include Pope Francis, who dropped from the number one spot to four, Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz who landed at 17 and founder and CEO of, Jeff Bezos who took the 27th spot.

Editors say the list is not made of simply “brilliant, admirable, or even supremely powerful” people, but is a collection of those “singular leaders with vision who moved others to act as well, and who brought their followers with them on a shared quest.”

Rounding out the top five after Cook are European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, People’s Republic of China President, Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singer Taylor Swift is the highest ranked entertainer on the list at number six.

The April issue of Fortune will be available on newsstands on Monday, March 30.