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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:30 AM   #1
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CNBC Recognizes Steve Jobs as Most Influential Business Leader in the Past 25 Years




To commemorate its launch in 1989, CNBC today ranked the most influential business and financial leaders from the past 25 years. Topping the list in the number one spot is Apple's own "iVisionary" Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs was recognized by CNBC not only for his work at Apple, but also for his influence on the wider culture both in business and in people's personal lives.
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His creative genius revolutionized not just his industry and its products, but also everything from music and movies to smartphones. He provided a platform for others to create and distribute apps, bringing innovation and change to an even wider sphere. Apple's co-founder tops our anniversary list of the 25 most transformative leaders, icons and rebels of the past-quarter century. More than any other member of our group of extraordinary entrepreneurs and executives--all outstanding leaders--his vision spurred changes far beyond his industry and put an indelible stamp on the wider culture.
When assembling the list, the editorial board at CNBC focused on business, eliminating politicians and government leaders from its top 25. They considered only those business men and women who were transformative both in their own field and beyond. Though most are well-known billionaires, the list was not based on personal financial success or popularity.
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We made the decision early on to eliminate heads of government and state from our deliberations. This is a list, after all, about business people, not politicians. It's about the men and women who, for better or worse, have had the most transformative effect on commerce, finance, markets, human behavior and global culture over the past 25 years. So out went Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, Lee Kuan Yew and Vladimir Putin. In came Oprah.
Also included on the list are other notable technology leaders including Microsoft's Bill Gates at number two, Amazon's Jeff Bezos at number five, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg at number eight and Google's trio of Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, who collectively share the number four spot.

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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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Well thank you CNBC.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:31 AM   #3
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Steve still lives on...
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:31 AM   #4
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Fantastic visionary.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:33 AM   #5
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I think even the haters can't honestly deny that he was a great visionary and had a huge influence on the tech industry.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:34 AM   #6
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I thought it would have been John Scully for sure. :roll eyes:

Steve was the obvious winnerů he defined what we take for granted today.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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Yeah Steve was a no-brainer. Lots of other technology CEOs in the top 25 too. I guess other fields are just not as sexy.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:42 AM   #8
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Great lider.

However, he was far from being Apple's biggest strength. Steve's accomplishment was making Ive, Cook and others work together and give their best to Apple.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:42 AM   #9
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Well done Steve
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I don't care for him as a person, but as a business man I have great respect.

I admire how much effort and focus he put into the small details like font spacing or menubar color. Those were the reasons I made the switch to Apple.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:44 AM   #11
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Yup, the most influential business leader that I admire.
well him and also bill gates.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:49 AM   #12
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:50 AM   #13
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Steve Ballmer and Tim Cook didn't even make the top 25. Even Carl Icahn (The Macrumors most talked about vampire) beat them.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:52 AM   #14
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Yup, the most influential business leader that I admire.
well him and also bill gates.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 09:53 AM   #15
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And it is very justifiable - but the whole Steve Jobs ethos and fetischization has to end. Its time to look forward - for Apple and the industry as a whole.

There are tons of really bright people out there.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 10:04 AM   #16
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Seeing the glossy icons and dock reflections makes me realize just how alien iOS 6 looks to me now (though I guess that's iOS 5 when Steve was holding it).
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 10:05 AM   #17
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God bless him.

We had the privilege to live with one of the best minds of the world. He was a teacher.

God bless him.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 10:05 AM   #18
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My iPhone is on my desk six inches from my right hand.
Does that mean it's really four inches away from your right hand?
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 10:06 AM   #19
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And well deserved too. Thanks for everything, Steve.
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Don't forget his work at Pixar with 3d animated movies
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Seeing the glossy icons and dock reflections makes me realize just how alien iOS 6 looks to me now (though I guess that's iOS 5 when Steve was holding it).
Actually it's even older, iOS 4. Look at the bottom-right app icon, and you can see it's iPod, not Music. Also, Steve would have been on his deathbed when the iPhone 4S (and by extension iOS 5) came out.
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It all depends on how it is measured, but I can't help but think that Bill Gates touches everyone's lives more than Steve Jobs. I prefer Steve myself, but all ATM's run windows, all airlines and 99% of all businesses run windows or MS DOS (Saw KLM use MS DOS a few days ago).

Although from a consumer point of view Steve is a clear winner, it is Bill Gates' technology that touches the live of most people on this planet through all the processes and embedded systems that run his technology.
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Old Apr 29, 2014, 10:14 AM   #24
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I think we all saw sim as the obvious winner.
Well chosen CNBC.
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Oh I think he was a lot more than that.

Thankfully it wasn't ABC (Disney owned) who made the call.
Maybe they're smarter than that after all, but be on the look-out for a quid pro quo from ABC about a GE property/partner. Then you'll get a pass in real-world media studies.
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