What Does a C.E.O. Actually Do?

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Mark Zuckerberg, C.E.O. of Facebook, did not intend to build a $74 billion company. He started Facebook to connect college students. (Photo: Mark Zuckerberg/Wikimedia Commons)

Season 7, Episode 27

They’re paid a fortune — but for what, exactly? What makes a good C.E.O. — and how can you even tell? Is “leadership science” a real thing — or just airport-bookstore mumbo jumbo? We put these questions to Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Indra Nooyi, Satya Nadella, Jack Welch, Ray Dalio, Carol Bartz, David Rubenstein, and Ellen Pao. (Part of a special series, “The Secret Life of C.E.O.’s.”)

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “What Does a C.E.O. Actually Do?” and How to Become a C.E.O.

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