Business 2.0’s ‘The 50 Who Matter Now’ – #2 Steve Jobs

Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin collectively top Business 2.0’s list of “The 50 Who Matter Now,” but hot on their heels is Apple Co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs at #2, up from #5 on last year’s list (Jobs, by the way, tops Business 2.0’s Readers’ list here):

Apple’s co-founder has started to channel his inner Wayne Gretzky. “I skate to where the puck is going to be,” Jobs said as he introduced the iPhone in January, “not to where it’s been.”

Given the continuing strength of both the iPod (100 million sold) and the iTunes store (2.5 billion downloads), it’s a credible boast. But will millions of Americans really pay $500 to replace their Razrs and Treos with iPhones? And will they come around to the Apple TV, a device so far ahead of its time that nobody’s quite sure what it’s for?

Jobs’s genius as a designer, product manager, and pitchman is that he’s never comfortable unless he’s pushing the envelope. And like an athlete at the top of his game, it’s hard to take your eyes off him.

Also on the list at #24 is Tony Fadell, Senior vice president, Apple and #37 Fake Steve Jobs, author of The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs.

What about Microsoft’s Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer, you ask? Both are conspicuously and rightly absent, but Gates does manage to replace Ballmer this year on Business 2.0’s list of “10 Who Don’t Matter” (that list is not yet online). Congrats, Bill!

More here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Matt” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

  1. These things are stupid. A bunch of people decide to make up one of these nutty reports, they order sandwiches, and hang out in a conference room and say, “Uh Steve Jobs. Yeah we gotta have him. We didn’t have him last time did we?”

    Business 2.0 magazine is the Wayne’s World of business publications.

  2. I still can’t believe how quickly the Mac community is growing. Every day I’m running into new people that have decided to buy a Mac and the light is shining bright. Amazing how Jobs has turned Apple around just by installing a few principles and sticking to the guns.

    The only product that can kill an iPhone will be iPhone 2.0.

  3. “When you grow up, you begin to realize you were only a fanboy of a company that didn’t deserve your slavish devotion. I’m done with all that.”

    Exactly. That’s why I decided to choose to buy and use the best product money can buy: OS X.

    (Unless of course your comment was astroturf, because obviously it doesn’t make sense. If you said Microsoft didn’t care about Windows, it would make sense, but not Apple or Jobs. OS X is at the core of the entire strategy.)

  4. How the heck can Fake Steve Jobs be #37? He is just a guy who makes up silly posts on a blog. It’s not like his entries inspire technological innovations either. He may be funny, but if he were not there, it wouldn’t be a big loss.

  5. No.50 CEO ‘Chairs unlimited’ Recieved a sharp boost to earnings as a result of the Balmy one throwing them about!.

    Buy your shares now before the Balmy one reads this report and orders more chairs!!!

  6. Sure, lists like this are pointless. But they do present a reflection of some polular thought, which can be useful.

    It’s pretty stunning that Gates and Ballmer are absent and Gates actually “Doesn’t Matter”. Rightly so, to take 6 or 7 years to release Vista, essentially are giant system update that’s been reskinned (like WinAmp), is a travesty.

    MS copies and repackages others products (Windows, Zune, Xbox, Surface [ROFLMFAO], etc.) and thinks that by throwing money at them and bullying the competition, eventually they’ll succeed.

    What kind of twisted reality do these clowns live in?

  7. “What about Microsoft’s Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer, you ask? Both are conspicuously and rightly absent, but Gates does manage to replace Ballmer this year on Business 2.0’s list of “10 Who Don’t Matter” (that list is not yet online). Congrats, Bill!”

    Ouch! But you gotta love it.

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