NEW YORK (TheStreet) --If you thought last year was eventful in tech, this year has been even bigger.
Major product announcements, (and products not announced), a massive social media IPO, a major CEO change in addition to a sharp run in technology stocks were some of the more dominant themes this year in technology. (Wait a second, this sounds a lot like 2012 :) ).
Several tech companies blossomed in 2013, performing exceptionally well as the economy grinded higher, moving away from the depths of the Great Recession of 2007-09. Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) saw their share prices jump this year while others such as Apple (AAPL), vastly underperformed.
Who gets your vote as best tech CEO of 2012?. Don't like the nominees? Then feel free to write in your favorite.
Jeffrey P. Bezos, CEO, Amazon
Bezos is in a world of his own, taking the online retailing giant from a bookseller in the mid-90's to the Internet juggernaut it is today. Amazon touches nearly every single retailing industry, whether it's clothing, food, electronics, etc. The company has even moved into hardware, selling its Kindle lineup of e-readers, the Fire line of tablets amid rumors of an Amazon set-top box.
The 49-year old Bezos was recently on 60 Minutes, talking about Amazon's foray into drones as the company experiments with technology services that could disrupt the entire shipping industry. There is seemingly no sector that Amazon and Bezos won't pursue in its quest to sell as many things to as many people as possible.
Due in large part to the ever expanding reach of Amazon, shareholders have a lot to be thankful for this year. Shares are up 53.9% year-to-date, far outpacing the 33.7% gain seen in the NASDAQ.