Survey: Elon Musk Is The Most Admired CEO in Silicon Valley Followed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

About 23% of the 700+ startup founders admire Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, according to a new survey conducted by VC firm First Round Capital, followed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (10%) and Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg (6%).

Elon Musk’s popularity is easy to understand: He has his hands in everything from the space exploration to clean energy to electric vehicles, he’s open to the possibility of achieving big things, and, perhaps significantly, in addition to examining the challenges of great consequences, he makes big announcements, regardless of the of the fear of failure.

This is the second time Musk has earned the title “Most admired CEOs in tech industry”, and he also topped the list in 2015. Tesla and SpaceX have achieved many critical technical milestones over the past year due to various strategies of their boss, Elon Musk, but that there was much that needed to achieve.

Milestones achieved over the past few years included sending first Dragon capsule into orbit, developing spacecrafts for NASA, the first successful landing of Falcon 9 rocket on an orbiting platform, the successful launch of the Tesla Model 3, and introducing concept of the Hyperloop transportation system.

Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of, which is currently the world’s largest online retail store. The company began an online business of books and then expanded to include more varieties of products and services. Amazon is now the world’s most profitable online sales website on the web. Amazon is now selling goods worth up to $100 billion a year.

Jeff is an owner of The Washington Post, the most widely circulated newspaper in America; and Blue Origin, an aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company. He ranked second in the list of the most admired CEOs in tech industry with popularity percentage 10%.

Other findings of survey:

The survey suggests that the improvement has been made in terms of growing startup ecosystem and rising employment rate. Almost all startups participated in the survey believe that hiring good people is a key part of their success and their biggest management concern, so they would be hiring more people in 2017 to meet the growing demands of their customers.

References: Fortune

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