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BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers is one of the world’s best executives, according to US business publication Barron’s.
In its annual ranking of corporate leaders Barron’s placed Kloppers at number ten for his knowledge and experience of doing business in China.
"Kloppers, who sits atop the world’s largest mining concern, knows as much about doing business with China as anyone," the magazine said.
"Though Kloppers sees some weakness ahead for China, he’s in for the long haul and looks likely to be a huge winner."
Barron’s classified BHP as a diversified mining giant that "dominates industry" and pointed to the importance of China for most growing businesses.
Eighteen of the top 30 CEOs were from US companies, with seven from Europe, three from Asia, and one from Canada.
Taking top spot on the rankings was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.