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Steve Jobs tops CNBC's list of the most influential people of the last quarter century

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Steve Jobs tops CNBC's list of the most influential people of the last quarter century
Stock market cable channel CNBC is celebrating its 25th anniversary, so it decided to create a list of what it calls the "First 25: Rebels, Icons & Leaders." The list includes people like Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey to name a few. Number one on the list? The late Steve Jobs. The Apple co-founder's career was the focus of a video played on CNBC, which recalled the early years with 'The Woz', the introduction of the Mac, and Jobs' decision to handpick John Sculley as his successor.

That backfired when Jobs lost out to a boardroom coup and was axed from his own company. But that might have been the best thing that ever happened to him, Apple, and consumers. He started NeXT, purchased Pixar and made a success of them both. The latter was bought by Disney, which made him Disney's largest stockholder. With Apple close to bankruptcy, Jobs was brought in to advise on the Mac OS X and eventually was named CEO.

The returning hero rolled out a number of successful new products, focusing on design and function. There was the colorful iMac, the Apple iPod, and the Apple iPhone. Three years after he launched the game-changing handset, Jobs created a whole new category when he launched the Apple iPad. Shortly more than a year later, Jobs was dead, defeated by pancreatic cancer. You can check out the video by clicking on it, below.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is second on the list. The Google trio of Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt is fourth with Amazon Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos fifth. Eighth is Mark Zuckerberg with HTC co-founder Cher Wang at number 22.



source: CNBC

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posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:27 6

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 843; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Who cares.....

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:01 14

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8703; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Apparently a user by the name of cheetah2k who felt the need to click on the article and drop the first comment when he easily could have ignored the article in the first place.

posted on 01 May 2014, 17:15 2

40. cheetah2k (Posts: 843; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I felt the need to click on it and say "who cares...."

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:33

42. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2379; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Smurf just told you what's up. U sound mad, bro.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:56 5

20. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1358; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


being a android guy , i have lots of respect for him , this guy wasn't the start , but he was the catalyst to making technology accessible for the average Joe/Jane

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:29 5

2. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


BS, another minus for CNBC credibility

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:31 1

4. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Putting a dead people on the list is utterly disgrace and BS

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:31 12

6. Sauce (unregistered)


Are you mental? Clearly you must be. For example, does Nelson Mandela not belong on any list since he just died?

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:12

36. rantao333 (Posts: 260; Member since: 21 May 2013)


typical samsung fan's IQ

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:30 1

3. sip1995 (Posts: 859; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


These are OLD news.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:31 3

5. Sauce (unregistered)


Very nice top 25 overall.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:45 1

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I can't find anyone who doesn't deserve to be on this list

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:34 5

7. Dude2014 (Posts: 173; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Cause brainwashed iFans worship him like a God

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:39 3

8. Sauce (unregistered)


And brainwashed iHaters despise him

:)

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:40 2

9. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


He influenced a large group of people to pay too much for their phone. Not sure many people on that list could have done that successfully.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:03 1

23. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1358; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


The guy had a special ability to sell and manipulate anything in his favor , but he did it well , and at the time , companies were not risking it to venture into unknown technologies , so he took the risk ,but compared to rival products Apple at the time was affordable (a microsoft tablet cost $2000 while everyone was shocked at seeing the ipad 1 for $499) but now , with Jobs gone , its a uphill battle for Tim Cook to keep the edge

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:27

28. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I'm not too upset about tablet pricing, for me they are more versatile in use, even thought they don't make calls (some things are better and easier to do on a tablet versus a phone). For phones though, the flagships are too expensive and the iPhone paved that road. Now just about everyone is pricing their flagship phones heavily because they saw Apple doing it. It's great to see the Moto X and One Plus One fighting that trend, we as consumers benefit if that more affordable price plan succeeds.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:23 1

27. winter_hat (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I'm forever puzzled by this 'pay too much' argument. $200 with a contract vs what? Most high end phones are also $200 with a contract. And, here's the rub, the iPhone is worth a lot a the end of your contract whilst the Android POS isn't worth listing on eBay after two years. iPhone's end up costing you less than Androids or others.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:28 1

29. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Typical subsidized viewpoint. If you do the math and calculate what that phone really costs you over the two year period, it's too much. It's not just $200 you're paying, it's a whole lot more.

posted on 03 May 2014, 16:08

45. winter_hat (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Typical failure of understanding the argument. I know how much a phone contract costs, but please do tell what the extra costs are over those 2 years that apply ONLY to iPhone.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:29

30. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1358; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


The pay too much arguement is mainly from outside the U.S , from where i come from , smartphones come off contract and we have to pay full price up front , a iphone will come close to $900-1000 depending on storage and this is too much to many , but i do agree with the resale value , those things are like used mercs , sell well even after generations

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:45 8

10. Derekjeter (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Let's be honest, cell phones wouldn't be where they are now if it wasn't for him. I love my G2 but let's face it with out him Android wouldn't be what it is also.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:02

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8703; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I think you dropped your comment way too early in the article.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:00

22. wilsong17 (Posts: 974; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


let's be honest why Android is 80% than Apple ???? If Apple was so good why are they not dominating

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:14 1

26. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1358; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


All empires rise and fall , once it was Microsoft , then Nokia (symbian) , Apple and now its Google's turn , i bet that Steve's death and the lack of devotion has made apple more like the Apple 2 era , (they work on profit rather than innovation and moving on) , another factor is that we are in the smartphone boom , people buy more smartphones than before ,so the pie chart expands annually ,

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:44 1

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Let's be honest, cell phones wouldn't be where they are now if it wasn't for him."

Not true!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:04 1

13. iphone5cuserguide (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


I have to agree with derekjeter. He was a brilliant man...Period

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:11

14. AJagtiani (Posts: 463; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


What was so brilliant about him? Sure he introduced to the world the first TRUE smartphone and the first tablet. But seriously, what about the efforts of others behind those projects? IMO Steve Jobs is kinda overcelebrated. He's done many not so fruitful things that have been sidelined after his death. Again, no disrespect to him, but I personally don't see him to be any greater than any other successful CEO out there. People should stop judging Apple by his name. He is the past. Cook is the present and the future.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:15 1

15. sprockkets (Posts: 1238; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Oh yes, Larry Ellison, who made the shtty Oracle software made the list, as well as Rupert Murdoch.

What a list. Woz isn't anywhere to be seen. Just goes to show you.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:16 1

16. AJagtiani (Posts: 463; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Good to see Mr. Murthy in that list. He really took IT in India to a whole new level. :)

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:29 1

17. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


this proves CNBC is related to usa ONLY... For example in INDIA, "NARENDRA MODI" is 1000 times more influential than steve jobs and his 1000th...

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:58 1

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1358; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


who is that guy anyway ?

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:36 1

31. shuaibhere (Posts: 1585; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


He is s**t.... Don't care about him...
He is not Even in times now top 100...
But his competitor AK is.

posted on 01 May 2014, 01:00

32. AJagtiani (Posts: 463; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Arvind Kejriwal is a corrupt wannabe politician using the tag of "Aam Aadmi" (common man) to his advantage for indulging in corruption and getting facilities for himself and his family. He is the most undeserving of become the PM. That's not to say that Modi is good. No politician is fit for running India at the moment. All are corrupt and have secret motives behind their campaign.

posted on 01 May 2014, 11:02

37. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Read your name and i understand why you say that... people like you will be taken GOOD care after he becomes pm... :)

posted on 01 May 2014, 17:32

41. GreekGeek (Posts: 843; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Indians ........

posted on 02 May 2014, 16:15

44. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


R better than you... Thank you...

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:41 4

18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


The greatest comeback in corporate America, we won't be seeing anything like that in a long time.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:08

24. csoulr666 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Is it me or Oprah Winfrey's name is mentioned twice in the article?

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:11 1

25. SonyPS4 (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 May 2013)


What about Shigeru Miyamoto ? He save the gaming market and responsible for Japan dominance in gaming indsutry till mid 2000's. He is also creator for some of best selling gaming franchise like Mario, Legend of Zelda and more.

posted on 01 May 2014, 02:55

33. greatoneiw (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


just imagine if he wasn't american...

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:09 1

35. Heatfan316 (Posts: 435; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Bill Gates should be number 1 and Jobs 2, in my opinion, Bill Gates was just a better human being and twice as rich on top of it.

posted on 01 May 2014, 12:42

38. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


i only respect steve jobs and not tim cook

posted on 01 May 2014, 13:20 1

39. forever_android (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 May 2014)


No point to praise and worship someone that's not even around any more. Look no further - your living parents. They should be on the top of any list!!!

posted on 02 May 2014, 15:44

43. flamencoguy (Posts: 97; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


Cheated his partner Steve Wozniak out of some money.
Ranted about thermonulcear war against Android claiming it was a stolen product then admitted they copy.

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