Add another line to the future College Football Hall of Famer’s burgeoning résumé.
Fortune Magazine Thursday released its annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Checking in at No. 12, ahead of the likes of Apple CEO (and Auburn alum) Tim Cook (No. 14), Oprah Winfrey (No. 27) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (No. 29)? Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban. He’s the only individual on the list with direct ties to college football.
Below is a portion of the magazine’s write-up on the coach:
Add an earlier one he won at LSU in 2003, and his six rings match Alabama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most football championships by a college coach in the so-called poll era, dating back to 1936. Now that he’s succeeded to a historic degree, Saban is grappling with the sports version of what business guru Clayton Christensen famously dubbed the “Innovator’s Dilemma”—the fact that success today makes it hard to keep the edge you need to win in the future. But if the last few years are any indication, the grappling is going pretty well.
The only other individuals from the sports world who made the list tennis player Serena Williams (No. 15) and “The Gymnasts and Their Allies” (No. 22), with the latter connected to the scandal surrounding disgraced former professor at Michigan State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and sports physician for both the Spartans and USA Gymnastics Larry Nassar.
For the complete list, including the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and other schools at No. 1, click HERE.