Marchionne is widely credited with saving Chrysler after its 2009 bankruptcy. The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker has gone from nearly running out of cash in 2008 to posting $1.29 billion in net profits through September of this year. Sales in the key U.S. market are up 22 percent through November. Marchionne has integrated many Fiat and Chrysler operations, sharing engines and other technology.
Chrysler is now a privately held company that's 58.5 percent owned by Fiat. The company could do an initial public stock offering next year.