Here Are the Top CEOs of 2022

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Recent stock market returns weren’t much help when it came to assembling our 17th annual list of top-performing CEOs. The S&P 500 just finished its worst first half since the Cuban missile crisis, and the punishment was haphazardly spread.

Energy stocks soared as fuel demand rose, drilling and refining capacity lagged, and Russia sent supply lines into chaos. Our 2022 list includes three thriving drillers. On the other hand, the FAANGs— Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook; ticker: META), Apple (AAPL), (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL)—slumped as growth stocks fell out of favor. But we selected one of their CEOs just the same.