updated 08:55 am EDT, Tue July 31, 2007
Jobs ranks behind Gates
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is ranked third on the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years--behind Microsoft's Bill Gates and Federal Reserve chairman's Alan Greenspan. As ranked by USA Today's Money section editors and reporters, the report notes that Gates, who founded Microsoft and used tough business tactics to dominate PC operating systems, may leave his most lasting influence with his philanthropy as he gives away his $56 billion fortune and that Greenspan was the maestro who presided over the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.
Apple founder Jobs, who also founded Pixar while exiled from Apple, returned in 1997 to usher in a new era of products from the company, including the iMac, iPod, iTunes, and now the iPhone. The top 25 list is part of the newspaper's look back at history as it turns 25 on Sept. 15, 2007.
Others on the list from the tech industry include Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (no. 4), Intel's Andy Grove (no. 6), Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (no. 11), Dell's Michael Dell (no. 17), and eBay's Meg Whitman (no. 18). Prominent CEOs such as News Corp's Rupert Murdoch (no. 12), Fedex's Frederick Smith (no. 13) and Nike's Phil Knight are also recognized.