Apple CEO Steve Jobs is one of the world's top 30 corporate leaders - and one of the most fascinating in the business, a leading financial magazine claims.

This year's Barrons report on the world's top 30 CEO's states: "Steve Jobs is more than the CEO of two hugely influential companies: he's an outright legend. No single person in Silicon Valley more fascinates the investing public. No tech CEO alive is more closely scrutinised."

It reports his achievements: co-founding Apple and launching personal computing; transforming the music industry with the iPod; beginning a new wave of mass market legal online video services and revolutionising animation through Pixar.

"When Disney's pending deal for Pixar closes, Jobs becomes Disney's top shareholder," the report ends, warning readers that they can't rule out anything from the company's long list of next-move rumours.