These Powerful Corporate Executives Could Make a Run at the Presidency in 2020

Donald Trump's presidential victory last November opened the door to a new way of thinking as it pertains to leadership in the oval office. For seemingly the first time in America's history, a political outsider and corporate magnate secured the highest office in the country.

Trump's capturing of the presidency has sparked debates and discussions surrounding which other corporate executives could follow in his footsteps and pursue the office.

TheStreet takes a look at some potential corporate executives that have been vocal regarding the current political landscape, and who may make a run at Trump in 2020.

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Editors' pick: Originally published Sept. 22.

Jamie Dimon
Jamie Dimon

The CEO of JPMorgan Chase (JPM) James "Jamie" Dimon has been vocal in the past year regarding the political landscape in the U.S.

In July, he sounded off on the current environment saying that it was "almost embarrassing being an American traveling around the world."

He also doesn't like listening to the "stupid s***" Americans must deal with. Adding, "there would be much stronger growth if there were more intelligent decisions and less gridlock."

Former colleagues also think Dimon would consider a run at the oval office. One former JPMorgan senior manager recently contended that he was convinced Dimon would run for president in 2020, according to the business news outlet Cityinsider.com.

Dimon also sounded off on the current American landscape on CNBC. 

"We have to participate. We have to make society better for people. I'm a very proud American," Dimon stated. "America is the best country on the planet. I'm a complete patriot. There's nothing like this country. It is the shining city on a hill. But we should acknowledge our problems and fix them."

He also offered his opinions surrounding tax reform and the importance of small businesses in the U.S.

"My major point [on tax reform] is that we should all get together and work as hard as we can to get it done. If we fail, we fail, but I'm going to work as hard as I can because I think it's critical to America."

Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz

The former CEO and current executive chairman of Starbucks (SBUX) has been quite outspoken both during, and after, the election of President Donald Trump. Schultz has penned letters to Starbucks' employees and the American people urging for unity and for the country to come together to overcome socioeconomic challenges.

Schultz's willingness to speak up and counter the current political landscape in the U.S. has made him an intriguing potential candidate for the 2020 presidency. In March, Schultz challenged Trump saying that he was "a president that is creating episodic chaos every day." He added that Trump's behavior was "no doubt affecting consumer behavior."

"We have to be engaged, we've got to speak out, we've got to be involved, we gotta stand up for the things that we know are true. And I think the country, in many ways, is in need of a moral, a cultural and an economic transformation," Schultz said earlier this year at the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative.

Starbucks is a holding in Jim Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio. Want to be alerted before Cramer buys or sells SBUX? Learn more now.

Oprah
Oprah

The self-made media mogul, talk show host, philanthropist, and the world's first African American female billionaire has also contemplated a 2020 run. 

In March while appearing on Bloomberg, Oprah said regarding a possible 2020 run, that she "thought, 'Oh, gee, I don't have the experience. I don't know enough. Now, I'm thinking, 'Oh.'"

Oprah's foundation and her influence in pioneering the National Child Protection Act, which established a national database of child abusers, also boosts her political resume, Politico noted.

Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban

The boisterous billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise has been quite combative towards President Trump, often taking to this Twitter  (TWTR)  account to criticize some facets of the administration.

On a potential 2020 run:

"I wouldn't put it high on my list of probabilities, but we'll see what happens," Cuban said on The Rich Eisen Show last month. "I've got a lot of time to decide. It's flattering that people ask me, and I appreciate it and there's definitely a leadership void in this country. But I'm not jumping in."

And there was this notorious tweet regarding Cuban from Trump:

I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls.He's not smart enough to run for president!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

A recent article by Politico hinted at several signs that the Facebook (FB) founder could be weighing a 2020 presidential run.

He and his wife Priscilla Chan have hired Joel Benenson, former adviser to President Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chief strategist as a consultant.

The two have also enlisted the help of David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, Amy Dudley, the former communications adviser for Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Ken Mehlman, who managed President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election run.

Zuckerberg has also been on his "Listening Tour" this year, in which he will travel to all 50 states to meet with various leaders.

Facebook is a holding in Jim Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio. Want to be alerted before Cramer buys or sells FB? Learn more now.

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