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Jobs among 25 most influential leaders

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...history is full of villains (Gates) who attempt to cleanse their ways after they realize sheer aggression & hoarding especially without excellence is a dire lifeblood wasted... Unfortunately it doesn't really work...

  1. HombrePhaty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Perhaps I am nit-picking, but doesn't "influential" mean "has influenced others"?

    "Influential" seems like the wrong word for Bill Gates. Oh well. I just don't have any respect for Bill. He didn't single-handedly create MS; MS hasn't innovated any products (they didn't even pioneer bullying and stealing and monopolizing).

    Finally, perhaps my imagination gets the best of me, but I do not believe that Alan Greenspan ran our economy. I think big oil, and other big businesses, and villainous men orchestrate things.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gimmi a Break

    Gates buys DOS, licenses it to IBM, both copying Apple (who already had a computer to market), followed by Compaq who makes a computer to copy IBM and also licenses DOS from Bill...

    30+ years later Microsoft comes out with an Operating System with more features copied from Apple than there are recipes for Apple Pie (and yet Vista is still lame) and Apple continues to come out with stock shaking new products.

    ...and Bill doesn't even run the company any more, he handed it over to a numb-skull.

    I'm sure glad I'm not trying to sell that list for a living.

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