Winner: Ikea, for buying online gig marketplace TaskRabbit. This makes a lot of sense.

Loser: Societies engaging in the gross idolatry of youth. While today’s rash of young CEOs are more creative than older peers, they also lack historical context.

Winner: Microsoft – the tech company everyone forgot about. Its stock hit an all-time high in September, boosted by savvy cloud computing and LinkedIn investments.

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