When it comes to creating value,
Chazen helped his Los Angeles company pull in $3.4 billion in so-called economic profit in 2011, an increase of $1.6 billion from 2010, according to the self-funded report from the university's Graziadio School of Business and Management along with management consultant SCCO International.
Pepperdine researchers calculated economic profit for each chief executive by measuring the company's after-tax profit compared with its capital cost. Of the 100 bosses on the list, 58 ended up with a positive rate.
Occidental also grew its revenues more than 25% to $24.1 billion and income by nearly 40% to $7 billion.
The second-best performer was Thousand Oaks biotech giant
In the bottom 10:
The report also compiled a separate ranking based on value spread: the difference between a company's return on and cost of capital.
Here, Rodney Sacks of Monster Beverage Co. was on top, with a 171% spread and a three-year average of 143%. The Corona energy drink company's stock has nearly doubled in the last 52 weeks.
Only two companies made both lists -- San Diego chipmaker
Study authors suggested that how a company performs isn't always based on what industry it's in, but rather, on leadership and strategy differences.
"A company can have a great idea or product, but without the right strategy and leadership they may not create value," said co-author and associate finance professor John Paglia. "Securing capital and using it wisely are absolutely pivotal for companies to maximize value for shareholders."