It was a year of comebacks and cool performances for the executives on Fortune's annual Businessperson of the Year ranking. Retail CEOs Frank Blake of Home Depot and Glenn Murphy of Gap delivered on turnaround promises. The duo of Brian Roberts and Steve Burke showed their strategic smarts by making the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger work. And Apple's Tim Cook and TJX Cos.' Carol Meyrowitz kept their companies' hot streaks going. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, too, had another stellar year, with revenue up 31% in the past year. But it's his penchant for taking risks and disrupting industries that earned him the top spot on our list.
He's a pro-customer, tightfisted risk-taker who is conditioning Wall Street to embrace his erratic earnings. If you're running a business with high margins - watch out.