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Business students are usually interested to learn all they can about those who have been successful in business before them. One way to do this that you might not have considered is via YouTube. You see, YouTube has millions of videos, and has captured many of the best speeches made by executives all over the world. In addition, you can find many interviews with these legendary executives, as well. Here are twenty YouTube videos about some of the world’s most successful executives.

  1. Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett, legendary CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and one of the world’s richest executives, talks business.
  2. Bill Gates: A compilation of some of Bill Gates most captivating moments as CEO of Microsoft.
  3. Steve Jobs: Watch legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduce the Ipod for the first time.
  4. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates: You’ll love this rare appearance of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates together.
  5. Lee Iacocca: Former Chairman of Chrysler Lee Iacocca talks about leadership.
  6. Michael Eisner: Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, discusses success and failure in business and in life.
  7. Katie Couric: Katie Couric interviews Sir Richard Branson, the Chairman of Virgin Group. Branson is one of the world’s most interesting and enjoyable executives to watch. There are several videos about him on You Tube.
  8. Michael Dell: Michael Dell’s advice to entrepreneurs. Dell is one of the most followed and smartest executives in business today.
  9. Steve Ballmer: Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is quite a presenter.He is energetic and enthusiastic to the extreme. See some of his wildest moments here.
  10. Alan Greenspan: Former Federal Reserve Chairman, author and leading economist is interviewed. Get his perspective on business and the economy from this video.
  11. Rich Barton: Hear from the founder of Zillow and Expedia. Barton talks about his vision for Zillow and how he has worked to achieve it and make Zillow a great resource for those buying and selling real estate.
  12. Jack Welch: The former legendary CEO of GE speaks at 2009 Global Business Forum.
  13. Guy Kawasaki: Former Apple Executive and legendary presenter Guy Kawasaki teaches you how to give a presentation. Learn his basic steps for creating a presentation and the rules about presenting that you must never break.
  14. Larry Ellison: Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison speaks at Open World 2009.
  15. Sheldon Adelson: Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson talks about acheiving your dreams.
  16. Steve Wynn: CEO of Las Vegas’ Mirage, Steve Wynn talks about how he built up Las Vegas. Wynn has been credited with spearheading the dramatic resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas Strip in the 1990s.
  17. Lakshmi Mittal: Mittal is a steel magnate and one of the world’s richest executives. He talks business in this video.
  18. Phil Knight: Michael Moore talks with Nike Chairman Phil Knight. This is part of Michael Moore’s investigation into US companies moving American jobs overseas.
  19. Paul Ottellini: Intel CEO Paul Ottellini is interviewed. He became the company’s fifth CEO on May 18, 2005, succeeding Craig R. Barrett. Otellini previously had served as Intel’s president and chief operating officer, positions he held since 2002, the same year he was elected to Intel’s board of directors. Otellini joined Intel in 1974. Otellini received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of San Francisco in 1972, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974.
  20. Sam Palmisano: IBM CEO Sam Palmisano talks about making cities smarter. This speech has Palmisano talking more about his charity and philanthropic work than about business. Palmisano joined the company as a salesman and, unlike most CEO’s, has no MBA or post-graduate qualification.

Hopefully these videos and many more will help you understand how these executives tick and learn some of their legendary business acumen. You might be surprised at how much you can learn about business and business leaders just from a few interviews and speeches on You Tube. But, it’s sure that you’ll learn plenty just by spending a few minutes watching some business geniuses on video.

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