Steve Jobs tops Fortune 25 Most Powerful People in Business List

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By: switchtoamac at: 10:37 AM on January 29, 2008 | Comments (0)

Fortune has published a list of the most powerful businesspeople in the world.  Steve Jobs, Apple's Chairman and CEO tops the list.  Here's what Fortune's Brent Schlender has to say about the iconic leader of Apple:

During the first two decades of his remarkable 30-year career, the Apple Inc. founder twice altered the direction of the computer industry. In 1977 the Apple II kicked off the PC era, and the graphical user interface launched by Macintosh in 1984 has been aped by every other computer since. Along the way Jobs conceived of "desktop publishing," gave the world the laser printer, and pioneered personal computer networks. As a side gig he bankrolled Pixar, which fostered the development of the technology and a brand-new business model for creating computer-animated feature films.

Since returning to Apple in 1997, he has changed the dynamics of consumer electronics with the iPod, and persuaded the music industry, the television networks, and Hollywood to distribute their wares with the iTunes Music Store. With his hugely successful Apple Stores, he gave the big-box boys a lesson in high-margin, high-touch retailing. And this year, at the height of his creative and promotional powers, Jobs orchestrated Apple's entry into the cellular telephone business with the iPhone.

That's five industries that Jobs has upended - computers, Hollywood, music, retailing, and wireless phones. At this moment, no one has more influence over a broader swath of business than Jobs.


Although the list was published in November 2007 we wanted to bring the list to the attention of our readers.  The list can be read here.

The full list

  1. Steve Jobs
  2. Rupert Murdoch
  3. Lloyd Blankfein
  4. Eric Schmidt, Larry and Sergei
  5. Warren Buffet
  6. Lex Tillerson
  7. Bill Gates
  8. Jeff Immelt
  9. Katsuaki Wantanabe
  10. A G Lafley
  11. John Chambers
  12. Li Ka-shing
  13. Lee Scott
  14. Lakshmi Mittal
  15. Jamie Dimon
  16. Mark Hurd
  17. James McNerney
  18. Marius Kloppers
  19. Steve Schwarzman
  20. Carlos Slim
  21. Steve Feinberg
  22. Indra Nooyl
  23. Ratan Tata
  24. Bob Iger
  25. Bernard Arnault

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