AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su has been ranked #2 on Fortune’s list of top businessperson for the year 2020, right ahead of rival NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang. The list was lead by SpaceX and Telsa CEO, Elon Musk, no surprise considering the string of recent successes with SpaceX launches.
Su’s strategic vision to lift Advanced Micro Devices from near-bankruptcy to the pinnacle of PC processors has taken a few years to realize. But now that the high-performance Zen chip design AMD first envisioned six years ago is in its third generation of actual products, sales are booming, reaching almost $9 billion over the past 12 months, a 44% gain from the prior year. And AMD’s stock price, under $2 a share in 2016, recently crossed $85—giving the company a stock market value of more than $100 billion. Su is looking to stoke further gains by using AMD’s stock to buy rival Xilinx for $35 billion to crack the chip market for cars and 5G mobile devices.Fortune
At number #2 and #3, you’ve got the CEOs of chipmakers AMD and NVIDIA, respectively. Reed Hastings, the co-founder, and CEO of Netflix follows at number 4. Australian businesswoman, Elizabeth Gaines who’s the first female CEO of the iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group comes in at #5
Elizabeth Gaines is an Australian businesswoman who serves as chief executive officer (CEO) of iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group. She is the company’s first female CEO.
Interestingly, the NVIDIA and AMD CEOs are the only two figures from the Silicon Valley in this list. All the rest are from various other industries from Entertainment to Pharmaceuticals.