Tuesday 30 April 2019 11:41 am

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos tops list of Silicon Valley's best performing tech CEOs

Amazon’s share price has risen by 83 per cent year-on-year, making boss Jeff Bezos the US’s best performing tech chief executive.

The online shopping platform’s share price has jumped $69.53 on average per year during Bezos’ 22-year reign as Amazon’s chief executive.

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In 1997, which is the year the company listed on the stock exchange, Amazon’s share price soared 992 per cent, making Bezos the boss that has also overseen the biggest yearly share price increase.

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings, who has been in charge of the video streaming site for 20 years, was the next most successful boss, according to research into tech giants' share prices conducted by IG Index.

Top 10 CEOs with the largest share price rise during their tenure

Rank CEO Company Tenure (years) Average annual share price rise Average annual percentage rise
1 Jeff Bezos Amazon 21.9 $69.53 83 per cent
2 Reed Hastings Netflix 20.3 $16.15 77 per cent
3 Steve Jobs Apple 13.9 $3.85 64 per cent
4 Bill Gates Microsoft 24.8 $1.56 54 per cent
5 Jensen Huang Nvidia 26 $6.44 54 per cent
6 John Warnock Adobe 16 $2.06 51 per cent
7 Andrew Grove Intel 11.3 $2.46 48 per cent
8 Larry Ellison Oracle 28.5 $1.61 43 per cent
9 Hock Tan Broadcom 12 $25.62 37 per cent
10 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook 6.9 $16.93 35 per cent

 

Hastings has overseen an average yearly share price increase of 77 per cent, with an average added value of $16.15.

Netflix also ranked second in terms of the biggest yearly share price change, with an increase of 385 per cent in the year after its IPO.

Top 10 largest yearly share price increases by a chief executive

Rank CEO Company Year of IPO Best Year Yearly % Change
1 Jeff Bezos Amazon 1997 1998 992%
2 Reed Hastings Netflix 2002 2003 385%
3 Larry Ellison Oracle 1986 1999 329%
4 Jensen Huang Nvidia 1999 2001 307%
5 Steve Jobs Apple 1980 1998 209%
6 John Warnock Adobe 1986 1999 188%
7 Tom Engibous Texas Instruments 1978 1999 131%
8 Andrew Grove Intel 1970 1996 130%
9 Bill Gates Microsoft 1986 1987 127%
10 Gordon E. Moore Intel 1970 1983 115%

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, boosted the share price by 64 per cent a year during his 14 years as chief executive, and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has overseen a 54 per cent increase in the computer company over a 25 year period.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was 10th on the list, having increased the social media giant’s share price by 35 per cent during his seven years leading the company.

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