CNBC Titans 1 Season 2011
1. Herb Kelleher / Southwest Herb Kelleher, the co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, grew the company from a small regional carrier with just four jets into an industry leader.
2. Procter & Gamble Only in America could two immigrants -- an English candle-maker and an Irish soap-maker - create what would become the most powerful consumer goods company in history.
3. Jack Welch Maria Bartiromo profiles the rise of one of the most influential CEO's in business.
4. Steve Jobs Irrepressible, irascible, and iconic, Steve Jobs has reigned as the undisputed king of Silicon Valley for the better part of three decades.
5. Merv Griffin If the moniker of Mr. Hollywood could be applied to anyone, it would be Merv Griffin.
6. Donald Trump There is no name more synonymous with real estate -- or self-promotion -- than Donald J. Trump.
7. Ted Turner Ted Turner is a media mogul, world-class sailor and conservationist.
8. George Foreman From the mean streets of Houston to the pinnacle of corporate America, the life of George Foreman would seem unbelievable even by Hollywood standards.
9. Milton Hershey Hershey. Few words sound sweeter. But behind the mouthwatering chocolate is a man, Milton S. Hershey, whose obsessive search for the perfect confectionery turned a pastoral Pennsylvania town into the candy-making capital of the world.
10. Jack Daniels Jack Daniel and his Tennessee Whiskey are American legends revered by rebels and rock stars. In 1866, four years after Jasper "Jack" Daniel became a licensed distiller at the ripe old age of 16, he founded the nation's oldest distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn.…
11. Lee Iacocca The quintessential brash, bold, imperial CEO of the 1980s -- when this type of chief executive reigned supreme, Lee Iacocca began his career as an engineer for the Ford Motor Company. He quickly gravitated to sales and rose to become president of the company.
12. Barry Diller If one had to create a fictional profile on the most successful media titan in history, it would be tough to fashion one more deserving than Barry Diller: CEO of Paramount Pictures, creator of the Fox Network and founder of the USA Network.
13. Leo Burnett He was advertising's original Mad Man. Not to mention creator of the Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, and the Pillsbury Doughboy, Leo Burnett was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
I especially liked the parts where Bob Murphy reflects on his and Merv's background together. Very concise and well done.Published 19 months ago by Lisa
Okay, I think the focus of this series is to speak of guys who have diverse businesses and make a ton of money. The episode on Merv Griffin made no mention of his sexuality. Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Jeffery Mingo