2012 Businessperson of the Year

Turnaround artists, empire builders, and a rapper-entrepreneur made smart moves that earned them spots on our annual ranking of the best in business.

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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.


How we picked the winners: Fortune weighed numerous factors in compiling this year's Businessperson of the Year list. Financial results, including year-over-year growth in profits and revenues, figured prominently in our analysis. (Thanks to our data providers, S&P Capital IQ and Bloomberg.) So did stock performance year to date and year over year, and the market value of the company. We also considered off-balance sheet metrics such as strategic savvy, the ability to gracefully steer a very large organization, risk taking, and cultural significance. That's how Jack Dorsey, founder of relatively small private companies Square and Twitter, landed on the list.
- Last updated November 30 2012 05:12 PM ET
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