CEOs

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company is the most senior corporate officer or executive in charge of managing an organization. Holding one of the most powerful positions in an organization, CEOs in the corporate sector primarily handle the responsibility of maximizing the value of an entity, while those in the non-profit sector are concerned with achieving the organization’s mission. While the CEO of any organization, whether small or big, has a very significant role to play in the company’s success, the CEOs of major corporations have the power to influence not just their own company but the entire industry in which it operates. There have been several famous CEOs who have changed the industrial world in their own ways, one of them being Steve Jobs—the CEO of Apple Inc—who revolutionized the tech industry. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Larry Page are a few other prominent CEOs who have positively impacted the world. In the predominantly male-oriented business world, ambitious women CEOs like Indra Nooyi, Marissa Mayer, Ursula Burns, and Mary Barra have proven their worth by heading Fortune 500 companies. Browse on to learn more about the life and works of famous CEOs from all over the world.
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 1 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs.
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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: October 5, 2011
A college dropout, Steve Jobs, went on to be regarded as the Father of the Digital World. The founder/co-founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc was a passionate visionary who was responsible for the development of iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPad and the iPhone which ushered in a new era in the computer, music and film industries.

 2 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos.
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Famous As: Founder of Amazon.com
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

The founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon, Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world. Jeff, who left his lucrative job at an investment firm to fulfil his entrepreneurial ambition, also owns the newspaper, The Washington Post, and its affiliate publications along with a spaceflight company, Blue Origin.

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 3 Bill Gates

Bill Gates.
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Microssoft
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Leading American technologist, business leader and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft. His passion for computers made him one of the richest in the world and through his charity foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and his ex-wife, Melinda, use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

 4 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett.
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Famous As: Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

American investor, business tycoon and philanthropist Warren Buffett is considered one of the most successful investors in the world by the media. The chairman and largest shareholder of the firm, Berkshire Hathaway, he is often called as the ‘Oracle’ or ‘Sage’ of Omaha. Notably, he has pledged to give away a sizable portion of his wealth to philanthropic causes.

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 5 Jack Ma

Jack Ma.
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Famous As: Chinese business magnate
Birthdate: September 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hangzhou, China
Jack Ma’s journey from being a tourist guide to establishing the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba is inspirational. Initially rejected by various companies, he is the second-wealthiest person in China as of 2020. After quitting his post of executive chairman of Alibaba in 2019, he focused on philanthropy and environmental causes. 

 6 Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai.
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Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

 7 Larry Page

Larry Page.
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Famous As: Co-founder of Google
Birthdate: March 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

Larry Page is an American Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist. As one of the co-founders of the multinational technology company Google, Larry Page effectively changed the way the world functions today as Google is a synonym for a search engine in many parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, he became a billionaire after co-founding Google.

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 8 Tim Cook

Tim Cook.
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Apple
Birthdate: November 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Since taking over as the CEO of Apple, Inc. in 2011, till 2020, Tim Cook has, through his dedication, doubled its profits. He was the first Fortune 500 CEO to “come out” as gay, in 2014. A devoted philanthropist, Tim intends to donate most of his stocks to charity.
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 9 Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella.
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Famous As: Chairman & CEO of Microsoft
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hyderabad

Satya Nadella is an Indian-American business executive, currently serving as the chief executive officer of Microsoft. Since he became CEO, the company has seen a 27% annual growth rate. Born in India to a Telugu-speaking family, Nadella serves as an inspiration to millions of Indians who nurse 'The American Dream'.

 10 Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi.
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Famous As: CEO of Pepsico
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive known for her association with PepsiCo where she served as the chief executive officer from 2006 to 2018. Often ranked among the most powerful women, Nooyi was named in Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2014. In 2017, she was named in the magazine's 19 Most Powerful Women in Business list.

 11 Bob Iger

Bob Iger
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: February 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 12 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg.
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Facebook
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States

The co-founder and CEO of the popular social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is also amongst the richest men in the world. Fascinated by computer since his early life, Zuckerberg co-created TheFacebook while still in college and later even dropped out to devote more time to it. At 23, he became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at that time.

 13 Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer.
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Famous As: Former CEO of Microsoft
Birthdate: March 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit
The world’s ninth-richest person as of 2020, Steve Ballmer has served as the CEO of Microsoft. He dropped out of the MBA program at Stanford when Bill Gates invited him to join Microsoft in 1980. Ballmer owns the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers. The USAFacts.org founder donates to educational causes. 

 14 John McAfee

John McAfee.
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Famous As: Computer Programmer
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England
Died: June 23, 2021

John McAfee is an English-American businessman and computer programmer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular software companies of all time, McAfee Associates, which specializes in producing enterprise security software. After leaving the company, which is now owned by TPG Capital and Intel, John McAfee went on to found other companies like Tribal Voice and Future Tense Central.

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 15 Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman.
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Famous As: CEO of NewTV
Birthdate: August 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huntington, New York
Meg Whitman has previously been the CEO of HP and eBay. She has also been associated with companies such as The Walt Disney Company and P&G. She was part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and also ran for California’s governor in 2010. She later supported Joe Biden’s presidential run.

 16 Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon.
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Famous As: CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Birthdate: March 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jamie Dimon is an American business executive, currently serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the largest of the popular American banks, JPMorgan Chase. He is among the few bank chief executives in the world to become a billionaire. In 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011, Jamie Dimon was named in Time magazine's world's 100 most influential people lists.

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 17 Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng.
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Famous As: CEO of Tencent
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chaoyang, Shantou

Chinese business magnate Ma Huateng, or Pony Ma, is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of the technology giant Tencent. His company owns the messaging app WeChat. One of CEOWORLD’s Most Powerful People in the World, he was a delegate of the 12th National People's Congress.

 18 Adam Weitsman

Adam Weitsman.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owego, New York, United States
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 19 Dana White

Dana White
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut, United States

 20 Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft.
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of the New England Patriots
Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

Robert Kraft is an American businessman and the chief executive officer and chairman of the popular diversified holding company, The Kraft Group. A sports enthusiast, Kraft owns the Gillette Stadium, NFL's New England Patriots, and MLS' New England Revolution. Also a well-known philanthropist, Robert Kraft has donated millions of dollars to various causes, such as healthcare, education, and youth sports.   

 21 Daymond John

Daymond John.
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Famous As: CEO of FUBU
Birthdate: February 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Daymond John is an American investor, businessman, author, TV personality, and motivational speaker. He is credited with founding FUBU, a hip hop apparel company, for which he also serves as the president and CEO. He is also credited with founding a consulting and brand management firm called The Shark Group, where he serves as the CEO.

 22 Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: March 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States

 23 Lloyd Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein.
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Famous As: CEO of Goldman Sachs
Birthdate: September 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 24 John Schnatter

John Schnatter.
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Famous As: Founder of Papa John's Pizza
Birthdate: November 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jeffersonville, Indiana

Entrepreneur John H. Schnatter, also known as Papa John, established Papa John's Pizza in the 1980s, using the money he got after selling his car. He resigned as the CEO of his company in 2018, following a controversy regarding his comments about protests by NFL players.

 25 Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki.
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Famous As: CEO of YouTube
Birthdate: July 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara County, California, United States

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has been the longest-tenured CEO of the organization. She has earlier contributed to the formation of Google and has served them as their VP of product management. The Harvard alumnus was ranked 16 on Forbes’s list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011.

 26 Todd Fisher

Todd Fisher
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Todd Fisher is an American cinematographer, director, producer, and actor. The son of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd played a major role in carrying on the legacy of his parents by serving important positions in the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino and Debbie Reynolds Management Company, Inc. In 2013, he became the CEO of the Hollywood Motion Picture Museum.

 27 Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut
Businessman Marcus Lemonis was born in Beirut, amidst a civil war, and was adopted by an American couple. He is now the CEO and chairman of enterprises such as Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. He also gained fame for his appearance on the CNBC reality show The Profit.

 28 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg.
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Famous As: COO of Facebook
Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and has served as the VP of global sales and operations at Google. She also founded LeanIn.Org and was the first woman to be on the board of Facebook. Named to Time 100, she has also written books and owns a charitable foundation.

 29 Mary Barra

Mary Barra
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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, US

 30 Henry Ford II

Henry Ford II
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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: September 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: September 29, 1987

 31 Eric Yuan

Eric Yuan
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tai'an, Shandong, China

 32 Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman.
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Famous As: CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management
Birthdate: May 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Bill Ackman is an American hedge fund manager and investor. He is credited with founding the popular hedge fund management company, Pershing Square Capital Management. Also a philanthropist, Ackman has donated millions of dollars to various charitable causes like the Center for Jewish History. In 2006, he founded the Pershing Square Foundation, which supports various sectors like education and healthcare.

 33 Jensen Huang

Jensen Huang
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tainan, Taiwan

Jensen Huang is a Taiwanese-American electrical engineer and businessman. He is credited with co-founding an American multinational technology company named Nvidia Corporation where he currently serves as president and CEO. Jensen Huang is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he donated US$30 million to Stanford University and $2 million to Oneida Baptist Institute.

 34 Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn.
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Famous As: Former CEO of Renault & Nissan
Birthdate: March 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guajará-Mirim, State of Rondônia, Brazil

Carlos Ghosn is a French–Lebanese–Brazilian businessman who served as the CEO of Michelin North America. He also served as the chairman and CEO of Nissan and Renault. In 1999, he saved Nissan from near bankruptcy and turned around its fortune. In 2018, he was arrested in Japan for misusing Nissan's assets. He dramatically escaped from the custody is currently an internationally wanted fugitive.

 35 Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Virgil Abloh is not just a designer but also a qualified architect. He has been a DJ, too. Apart from heading Louis Vuitton's menswear collection as its artistic director, he also became the first Black designer to lead a major fashion brand. He has also launched the luxury streetwear label Off-White.

 36 Corey Harrison

Corey Harrison
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 37 Jan Koum

Jan Koum.
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Famous As: CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

 38 Jack Welch

Jack Welch.
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Famous As: Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric
Birthdate: November 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S

 39 Armand Hammer

Armand Hammer
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Famous As: Business people
Birthdate: May 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 10, 1990
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 40 Shahid Khan

Shahid Khan
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Famous As: Business person
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Punjab, Pakistan

 41 Erik Prince

Erik Prince
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Holland, Michigan, United States

 42 Michael Eisner

Michael Eisner.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mount Kisco, New York, United States

Michael Eisner is an American businessman. From 1984 to 2005, Eisner served as the chief executive officer and chairman of The Walt Disney Company. For his contribution to the American entertainment industry, Eisner was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012, he was made an inductee of the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

 43 Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson.
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Famous As: CEO of Fidelity Investments
Birthdate: December 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 44 Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Diego, California San Diego, California, U.S.

 45 Douglas Brunt

Douglas Brunt
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 46 Sal Khan

Sal Khan
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.

What began as amateur math tutorials for his cousin later became Sal Khan’s dream project, the online education platform Khan Academy, which now has over 42 million users worldwide. Named to Time 100 in 2012, the American-born Bengali former hedge fund analyst is an MIT and Harvard alumnus.

 47 Miranda Bailey

Miranda Bailey
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vail, Colorado, USA

 48 Spencer Matthews

Spencer Matthews
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: August 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 49 Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein
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Famous As: American baseball executive
Birthdate: December 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 50 Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: May 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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