2. Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm
 Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm

Qualcomm may not be a household name like Apple, but the telecom giant is everywhere you look: It makes the chipsets for loads of mobile devices, including those made by Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Apple itself.

The company reported a blowout quarter last month, and it rewarded shareholders with $362 million in cash dividends.

All of that goodwill has helped Jacobs, who took the helm at Qualcomm in 2005. His approval rating jumped 7 percentage points over last year, to 95%.


By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech - Last updated March 30 2012: 3:10 PM ET
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