Yes, CEOs are chosen for their grit, determination, vision, smarts, competence, and professionalism.But it doesn’t hurt when they’re also endowed with a certain, well, je ne sais quoi.
So who has the most of that?
We’ve scoured the world to find the CEOs who are tops in this special attribute.
And of course, as anyone who has ever been attracted to anyone knows, it ain’t just about looks. So we’ve also factored in power, fashion sense and presentation, altruism, and ambition.
Company: Home Shopping Network (HSN)
Grossman has been leading the multi-billion dollar company since 2006, and made the company public in 2008. During her tenure as CEO, she's also added an online video game channel, HSN Arcade, to 'tap in' to the growing community of female gamers, according to Forbes.
Company: Target Corp.
Steinhafel has been with the company for 33 years, though he has been the CEO for four. He has worked in retail since he was in grade school. His grandfather was an Austrian immigrant who opened Steinhafel's Furniture in Milwaukee in 1934. Steinhafel helped his grandfather in the store as a young child mopping floors and doing other chores. The Milwaukee native is a graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Swedish-born Karl-Johan Persson was named one of CNN Money's 40 under 40 in 2010. Persson became the CEO of H&M in 2009, but he had been with the family business, which was started by his grandfather, since 2005.
The native New Zealander is a long-time entrepreneur, having founded a travel company in her 20s with Wildfire co-founder Alain Chuard before getting her MBA from Harvard. A passionate traveller and adventurer, Ransom once spent six weeks with an Amazonian tribe, and five months living in a Brazilian favela village, according to her company bio.
Company: ICICI Bank
Kochhar is the first female boss of ICICI Bank, India's second-largest bank; she took charge in May 2009. She started with the bank as a management trainee more than 25 years ago. Kochhar also has a flair for fashion; she wears the traditional sari to work, even designing some of them herself.
The 62-year-old is adventurous, thrill-seeking, and groundbreakingly fresh. He is the first person to ever build eight separate billion-dollar companies in eight different industries. Virgin, which began as a mail-order record retailer in 1970, opened a recording studio in 1972 and signed on classic rock-and-roll artists like the Sex Pistols and the Rolling Stones.
Iger was appointed CEO of Disney in 2005, but has been with the Disney senior management team since 1996. Outside of Disney, Iger serves on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Lincoln centre for the Performing Arts. He was also appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Export Council in June 2010.
McDermott is a leader at work as well as in the community; in 2008, he was named 'Idealist of the Year' by City Year Greater Philadelphia for his civic leadership and his 'commitment to improving the community and the lives of those who live in Philadelphia.' He received the Yitzhak Rabin Public Services Award in 2006 in recognition of his contributions as a civic leader who has shown a commitment to Israel's technological innovation.
Company: Vera Wang
Vera Wang is renowned for her elegant designs and great fashion sense. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Wang designed the Winter Olympics costumes for figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan in 1992 and Evan Lysacek in 2010. She also designs wedding and formal dresses for celebrities and public figures around the world, including Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton and Khloe Kardashian.
Company: Huffington Post Media Group
Huffington, originally from Greece, started the Huffington Post in 2005 as a news and blog site, which quickly gained momentum. Today, the company reports out of the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Huffington has won a Pulitzer prize and has published 13 books.
Company: Vosges Haut-Chocolat
Markoff trained at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in France, mixing strange ingredients with chocolate (curry, chilli, wasabi). Her unique brand of chocolate is sold at Neiman Marcus and various wine shops as well as Walmart and Target since 2011. Markoff aims to encourage others 'to explore the diversity of cultures, artists, traditions and movements' through her chocolate and baking mixes.
Company: Under Armour
An athlete himself, Plank founded Under Armour in order to provide other athletes with more form-fitting gear that is less uncomfortable when damp with sweat.
The former University of Maryland football player demonstrated his commitment to his company when he cut his salary from $500,000 to $26,000 after the company missed its sales goals in 2008.
David Karp dropped out of high school at age 15 and one year later he was the CTO of a company called UrbanBaby. He considers himself 'antischedule,' except for board meetings, and rides to Tumblr's Manhattan office on his Vespa.
The young CEO also has great style; he modelled for a J.Crew suit ad this fall season.
Company: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Before Martha, Lisa Gersh Hall co-founded Oxygen Media in 1988. Her professional experience covers a wide range of companies, including Hasbro, The Weather Channel, and NBC Universal. Gersh Hall began her role as the CEO of Martha Stewart Living in July of 2012. Gersh Hall received a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from the State University of New York Binghamton, and a law degree from Rutgers.
Company: BBDO Worldwide
The advertising agency BBDO began as George Batten's Batten Company in 1891, and merged with BDO (Barton, Durstine & Osborn) in 1928 to become BBDO. Robertson joined BBDO in 1995, became President and CEO of BBDO North America in 2001, President of BBDO Worldwide in 2002, and CEO in May of 2004. The company has produced ads and commercials for many big name brands, including the M&Ms ad that aired during the 2012 Superbowl.
Flannery is determined to change the world, one micro-loan at a time. The do-gooder began work on Kiva.org in 2004, and left his full-time job at TiVo for Kiva in 2005. Flannery graduated with a bachelor's degree in symbolic systems and a masters degree in philosophy, both from from Stanford University.
Kilar has worked in the past with Amazon in some prominent leadership positions, working closely with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Kilar began his career at Disney in design and development. The Harvard Business School graduate says Hulu's mission is to 'help people find and enjoy the world's premium content when, where and how they want it.'
Company: Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners
Senecal became CEO of Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Parners (kbs+) in September 2009. kbs+ serves many notable clients, including BMW, Vanguard, PUMA, Victoria's Secret, Rolls-Royce, and John Frieda, among others. Her company was involved in launching Justin Bieber's fragrance, 'Someday.'
Company: For Us By US (FUBU)
John started out working for Run DMC and LL Cool J as a roadie. He said he 'couldn't rap or sing' but he's always loved fashion. When starting FUBU, John had a lot of trouble getting investors at first. But he took out an ad in the New York Times seeking investors, and this was how he made a connection with the president of Samsung's textile division. FUBU took in more than $350 million in revenue in 1998 alone, and since FUBU was launched John has totaled more than $4 billion in sales.
Massenet's luxury fashion company is estimated to be worth 350 million pounds. As the CEO, she's also very fashionable. Massenet is 'the daughter of an American journalist and English Chanel model,' and former fashion writer for Tatler. Vogue has named her as one of the world's most glamorous women.
Jay-Z had a rough start in life, but he's made a name for himself as a rapper and musical artist, and now as a fashion mogul, with the success fo his clothing brand Rocawear. Jay-Z is married to Beyonce, who recently turned 31; the couple have an infant daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
Company: Yash Birla Group
Yash Birla oversees 18 companies as the CEO of the Yash Birla Group, an Indian global industry commerce group with interests in various industries, such as electricity, textiles, steel pipes, and furnishings, to name a few.
The youthful-looking CEO makes regular appearances in the Bollywood tabloids and is a health-nut. Birla, who is a vegetarian, doesn't drink and works out daily. He told the Times of India that he likes larger muscles: 'I like anything that stands out. I prefer a bigger look. It makes you look different.'
Company: Lifeway Foods
Since taking the lead on Lifeway Foods in 2002, Smolyansky brought the cultured dairy products into the U.S. mainstream. The company was recently named one of Fortune Small Business' Fastest Growing Companies for the fifth consecutive year.
Company: Bare Escentuals
Leslie Blodgett completely revitalized the Bare Escentuals cosmetics brand after launching the healthy and natural bareMinerals line and deciding to tout it on late-night TV on QVC. Today, Blodgett is a regular on QVC, peddling her cosmetics to women.
Company: Bang & Olufson
The head of the Danish electronics manufacturer left motorcycle company Triumph and took the top spot at Bang & Olufsen.
Tue (pronounced too-eh) told Fast Company that if he weren't running Bang & Olufson, he'd probably have a career in sports. He loves long-distance running, and finished the New York City Marathon in 2:55.
Company: Moore Capital Management
Hedge fund manager Louis Bacon is the 347th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $1.2 billion, according to Forbes. The Patrick Swayze look-alike also heads the Moore Charitable Foundation, which is attempting to preserve the environment in the American West, among other initiatives.
Marissa Mayer made headlines around the world when she was appointed as CEO of Yahoo! in July, making her the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The Google alum is also the youngest person to make Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list.
She's a fashionista and an ardent Obama supporter, who has hosted fundraisers for Obama in her Silicon Valley home. She just gave birth to a baby boy, on October 1st, and is expected to return to work in as soon as one week.
Company: Flirty Girl Fitness
Kerry Knee and her sister Krista were some of the first people to think of using sexy dances, like pole dancing and belly dancing, as a form of exercise. Today they've built on these ideas to create a fitness empire, Flirty Girl Fitness. Naturally, the Canadian is a fitness buff and an exercise instructor.
The Harvard Business School dropout founded Yelp in 2004 with the help of Russel Simmons, a former colleague at PayPal. Even though he didn't finish his MBA, Stoppelman does have a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois.
Though it seems unlikely that a mother of three from New Palestine, Indiana, would lead the iconic luxury British fashion label, Ahrendts has managed to bring Burberry into the 21st century. She's totally revamped the company's approach to digital and social media, holding regular webcasts and regularly sending out messages to followers on Facebook and Twitter.
Company: Wasserman Media Group
In addition to heading his sports agency, the Wasserman Media Group, Casey Wasserman also oversees the Wasserman Foundation, his family's philanthropic organisation. He was also known for being one of the youngest professional sports team owners in the world: He purchased the Los Angeles Avengers in 1998 when he was just 25 years old. (He shut the team down in 2009.)
Company: Dylan's Candy Bar
The daughter of designer Ralph Lauren oversees Dylan's Candy Bar, the largest candy store in the world. The stylish New Yorker has said that her candy store -- which now has branches in New York City, Long Island, Houston and Orlando -- was inspired by Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
Company: Sean John
Also known as 'Puff Daddy,' 'Diddy,' and 'P. Diddy,' Sean Combs is a rapper-cum-producer and hip hop mogul turned fashion house CEO. He's a style icon and a hip hop legend.
McCauley started his career at Payless Shoes, before moving on to The Gap, Inc., and eventually landing his role as CEO of children's clothing store Gymboree. McCauley told the San Francisco Business Times that he loves to fix things and that his first job was framing houses.
Company: JP Morgan Chase
'Obama's favourite banker' is known for helping out the government during the financial crisis. However, Dimon isn't afraid of speaking out. He's been named the best CEO in America for the past few years by Institutional Investor -- and he's paid handsomely for it; he earned $23 million in 2011.
Strasberg is the CEO and chief creative officer of Doner, a Detroit-based advertising firm. Strasberg dreamed up the advertising campaigns for Burger King, Sprite and Volkswagon, among other brands, and has received several awards, including a spot in the world's top 10 most creative directors, according to Creativity Magazine in 2007.
Company: Dreamworks Studios
After attending law school at UCLA, Snider got her start in Hollywood working in the mail room of Triad Artists. Since then, she's worked her way up and has served as the Chairman of Universal Pictures and today she is the CEO and co-chairman of Dreamworks Studios.
Company: Johnson Publishing Company
Desirée Rogers was the first African American woman to serve as the White House Social Secretary, under President Obama. Today she oversees another major organisation: Johnson Publishing Company, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines.
Company: Hearsay Social
She's only 29, but Clara Shih has already published a book, 'The Facebook Era,' and founded a tech company, Hearsay Social, which 'empowers corporations to quickly onboard, train, and successfully enable their local offices to create authentic conversations with their clients and customers in real time on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.'
In 2005, when he was just 19 years old, Pete Cashmore founded Mashable, a news website that 'reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world.'
The Scottish tech entrepreneur made the 2012 Time 100 list of the world's most influential people.
Company: Rent the Runway
In 2009, Jennifer Hyman launched Rent the Runway, a fashion site that gives women the chance to wear couture dresses they might never have been able to afford by letting them rent, and then return, the dresses at a fraction of the retail price.
Though he may be more famous for founding Twitter, Jack Dorsey is also the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company. The St. Louis, Missouri, native conceived of the idea for Twitter while he was a student at NYU.
Company: Tory Burch
A fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tory Burch founded her eponymous fashion label in 2004, which has been met with great success. A few years later, she launched the Tory Burch Foundation, a philanthropic venture that supports 'the economic empowerment of women and families.'
Rattray founded Change.org, a website that strives to promote social change through petitions, in 2007. His company has made such an impact that Rattray made the 2012 Time 100 list of the world's most influential people.
Change.org has become 'one of the most influential channels for activism in the country,' according to the Washington Post and has become so successful that it's now profitable.
Rattray maintains a modest lifestyle, however, living with three roommates and driving a 1996 Toyota Camry, according to SF Gate.
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