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

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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44 Comments

43. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

39. forever_android

Posts: 1; Member since: May 01, 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!!!

38. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

i only respect steve jobs and not tim cook

33. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

just imagine if he wasn't american...

25. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 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.

24. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

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

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

17. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 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...

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

who is that guy anyway ?

31. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

32. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

37. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

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

41. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Indians ........

44. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

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

16. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

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

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

14. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

13. iphone5cuserguide

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

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

10. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

22. wilsong17 unregistered

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

26. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 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 ,

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

23. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 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

28. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

27. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

29. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

45. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

30. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 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

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