BHP’s Marius Kloppers makes 30 best CEOs in the world list (again)

Kloppers does not have to look over his shoulder, his job looks secure for now

The Wall Street Journal’s sister investment site Barron’s has an annual list of the world’s 30 best CEOs.

Barron’s says “great leaders combine passion, commitment, creativity, and an entrepreneurial drive” and in the words of Warren Buffet act like “business owners.”

Marius Kloppers, who took up the helm of BHP Billiton in 2007, is joined on the list by Buffet (no surprise here) and’s Jeff Bezos, FedEx’s Fred Smith, JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s Carlos Brito among others.

Kloppers is the only mining CEO on the list and together with Rex Tillerson of ExxonMobil are only two representatives from the extractive industries.

While BHP’s share price has now fallen back to the level it was when Kloppers became CEO , 5-year profit growth at BHP is a healthy 20%.

12 CEOs did not perform to standard over the past year and were kicked off the list according to Barron’s criteria including Dieter Zetsche of Daimler and Jim Sinegal of Costco.

New to the list were Jeffrey Boyd of, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz and Olivia Lum who heads Hyflux.

Here’s the entry on Kloppers:

Marius Kloppers

Why: Mining the stuff for making China.

Kloppers, who sits atop the world’s largest mining concern, knows as much about doing business with China as anyone. His Australia-based company supplies some 20% of all the iron ore used by China for making steel for refrigerators, cars, office towers and more. Though Kloppers sees some weakness ahead for China, he’s in for the long haul and looks likely to be a huge winner.

Kloppers also provides the world with coal, copper, potash and, increasingly, natural gas. Last year, BHP Billiton joined the U.S. gas-drilling boom, buying Petrohawk Energy and some assets of Chesapeake Energy. Such growth helped support a 20% dividend hike last year despite volatility in commodities.

Kloppers, 49, grew up in South Africa, holds a doctoral degree in engineering and keeps trim with a vegetarian diet.


Forbes calculated  Kloppers’ 2010 salary this way:

Salary $2,038,885
Bonus $2,330,527
Restricted stock awards $1,154,015
All other compensation $3,254,606
Option awards $ $1,735,143
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0
Change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings                  $815,554
Total Compensation $11,328,730.00


Continue reading at Barron’s

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