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2014 Wealth Creators Index:
MasterCard CEO Ajay Benga Tops the List

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For Chief Executive's seventh annual index, we ranked the top 100 public companies of the S&P 500 where the CEO has been in place for at least three years. Similarly, we also ranked the top 40 mid-market companies (see p. 43) from the Russell 3000 in two tiers: upper mid-market companies with revenues between $500 million and $1 billion, and a lower mid-market tier of companies with revenues between $100 million and $500 million.

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2014 Best & Worst States for Business

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In the 10th annual survey of CEOs concerning their views of the best and worst states for business, over 500 CEOs across the U.S. responded, grading states with which they were familiar on measures including tax and regulatory regime, the quality of the workforce, and the quality of the living environment.

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How Bob Iger Remade the House That Walt Built

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Even iconic brands need fixing from time to time. But instead of the easy fixes, Bob Iger played the long game by addressing Disney’s cultural issues head-on with a three-pronged strategy, making it a stronger, more profitable company with greater depth in its overall brand. The takeaway for CEOs is that, yes, culture—and persistence—matter.

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Is U.S. Manufacturing on the Mend?

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Fifty years ago, during the high-water mark of American economic dominance, 29% of the workers in the U.S. were in manufacturing. Today that figure is closer to 11%. Historically, “invented in the USA” meant made in the USA. Today, that no longer holds true. Apple can design and distribute iPods, iPhones and iPads in the U.S. without having any significant production facilities here at all.

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Five Best Fun Cars for CEOs

You’ve worked long and hard and you deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Buying a fun, weekend car is one obvious way to do that. Never mind what they might think at the office. This is for your precious personal time. Once again, we have teamed up with car shopping website Edmunds.com and its Editor-in-Chief Scott Oldham to offer you an intelligent range of new or recently refreshed selections.

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