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Religious CEOs

There are plenty of companies with religious followings.

There are also plenty of companies run by religious followers.

Hank Paulson, former chairman of Goldman Sachs (GS) and George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary, is a devout Christian Scientist and has made no secret of the role faith plays in his life and the decisions he makes.

Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo (PEP), a devout Hindu, has drawn upon her religious beliefs to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion at the soft-drink manufacturer she heads.

And John Tyson, chairman of meat processor Tyson Foods (TSN), is a vocal born-again Christian who employs 120 chaplains company-wide, not to force their faith upon anyone, but to be of help to those that ask for assistance in times of need.

Click through the gallery below to read more about 10 business leaders who believe godliness is as important as profitability.

David Neeleman
Religious CEOs: JetBlue Founder, David Neeleman
A Mormon and former missionary, the airline's founder made service his purpose.
By Lisa LaMotta
Indra Nooyi
Religious CEOs: PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi
Her Hindu faith may be the source of this powerful woman's extreme humility.
By Lila MacLellan
Jeff Swartz
Religious CEOs: Timberland's Jeffrey Swartz
"Doing well and doing good" comes naturally to a leader as devoted to Judaism as he is to the company.
By Josh Lipton
Conrad Hilton
Religious CEOs: Hilton Hotels Founder, Conrad Hilton
The founder of the hotel chain had always been intimately familiar with the hotel business. And the Lord.
By Lisa Caccioppoli
Sam Walton
Religious CEOs: Walmart Founder, Sam Walton
The discount chain founder may have honored his Christian faith, but he never rolled back on the almighty dollar.
By Mike Schuster
Neil Clark Warren
Religious CEOs: eHarmony Founder, Neil Clark Warren
The dating site creator has made millions wedding practical algorithms with a faith in godly love.
By Jarrod Dicker
John Tyson
Religious CEOs: Tyson Foods' John Tyson
The food company's born-again-Christian leader encourages talk of faith and football at work.
By Justin Rohrlich
Steve Jobs
Religious CEOs: Apple's Steve Jobs
The computing chief has profited from the "beginner's mind" of Zen Buddhism.
By Danielle Beurteaux
Hank Paulson
Religious CEOs: Goldman Sachs' Former CEO, Hank Paulson
The company's ex-CEO and ex-Treasury Secretary has given Christian Science a publicity boost.
By Steve Burgess
Tom Monaghan
Religious CEOs: Domino's Founder, Tom Monaghan
The pizza chain founder's first focus was making dough, then he decided to save some souls.
By Danielle Beurteaux
S. Truett Cathy
Religious CEOs: Chick-fil-A Founder, S. Truett Cathy
The creator of this fast food chain believes his chicken sandwich business was "a gift from the Lord."
By Danielle Sonnenberg
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