Who’s the Best CEO in Banking?

Bankers aren’t a modest bunch. To help them determine who really has bragging rights as the industry’s top dog, we crunched the numbers. (Hint: It’s not Jamie Dimon.)

To start, we narrowed the field to the leaders of the 16 biggest¹ global banks. Because this is a test of managerial prowess, we excluded firms owned or controlled by governments and those whose CEOs have been in charge less than three years. Then we plugged their names into everybody’s favorite equalizer: a tournament bracket.

In the first round, the CEOs competed on the most-watched measure of profitability: return on equity.

Photographers: Round 1, row 1, left to right: Jason Alden/Bloomberg; Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg; Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg; Akio Kon/Bloomberg; Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Daniel Acker/Bloomberg; Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; row 2, left to right: Jason Alden/Bloomberg; Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg; Scott Eells/Bloomberg; Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg; Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg; Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg; Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg; Akio Kon/Bloomberg; Akio Kon/Bloomberg; round 2, left to right: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg; Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg; Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg; Akio Kon/Bloomberg; Richard Patterson/The New York Times/Redux; Philipp Schmidli/Bloomberg; Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg; round 3, left to right: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Robyn Twomey/Bloomberg Markets via Bloomberg; final round, left to right: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Jason E. Miczek/Bloomberg; Chris Keane/Reuters/Corbis

This story appears in the July/August Rivalry Issue of Bloomberg Markets. Click here for the magazine version of the tournament bracket.