Epstein named Fortune's #1 ranked World Leader

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Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports
Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports

Fortune Magazine released their list of greatest leaders of the world and Cubs President Theo Epstein was on top of the list ahead of Pope Francis, Bill Gates, and other famous human beings.

“The Cubs owe their success to a five-year rebuilding program that featured a concatenation of different leadership styles. The team thrived under the affable patience of owner Tom Ricketts, and, later, under the innovative eccentricity of manager Joe Maddon. But most important of all was the evolution of the club’s president for baseball operations, Theo Epstein, the wunderkind executive who realized he would need to grow as a leader in order to replicate in Chicago the success he’d had with the Boston Red Sox,” Fortune wrote of Epstein.

ESPN's Buster Olney was able to get Epstein's reaction to the news of the incredible rankings.

"Um, I can't even get my dog to stop peeing in the house," he texted to Olney. "That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous. It's baseball--a pastime involving a lot of chance. If Zobrist's ball is three inches farther off the line, I'm on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I'm not even the best leader in our organization; our players are."

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