Forbes rates Bill Gates more powerful than Steve Jobs

Forbes’ 2010 “The World’s Most Powerful People” states, “There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. Here are the 68 who matter.”

Forbes’ Top 20:

1. Hu Jintao
2. Barack Obama
3. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
4. Vladimir Putin
5. Pope Benedict XVI
6. Angela Merkel
7. David Cameron
8. Ben Bernanke
9. Sonia Gandhi
10. Bill Gates
11. Zhou Xiaochuan
12. Dmitry Medvedev
13. Rupert Murdoch
14. Silvio Berlusconi
15. Jean-Claude Trichet
16. Dilma Rousseff

17. Steve Jobs: Insanely creative Apple cofounder transforms multibillion-dollar industry every few years. First, personal computers with Apple II, Macintosh; then film with Pixar; music (iTunes), mobile (iPhone). Now iPad is treated as messiah tablet, savior for publishing industry. Apple still sells computers, but twice as much revenue now comes from music distribution and hand-held devices. Shot past long-time rival Microsoft as world’s most valuable tech company in May. Recently dined with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg, sparking rumors the two may partner on Ping, Apple’s new music social networking site. Known for his competitive streak, he dismissed Samsung and Dell’s new tablets as “DOA, dead on arrival.” Taunted journalists’ Dell laptops at October Apple event: “Look at all those fat notebooks.”

18. Manmohan Singh
19. Nicolas Sarkozy
20. Hillary Clinton

Full article, with the rest of the list, here.


  1. Well of course Gates is more powerful. Who else’s products command such a following…….. of viruses and malware. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. For those thinking Forbes thinks Gates is more influential in tech than Jobs, relax. Gates is listed for his efforts at getting the world’s billionaires to donate large chunks of their fortunes to charity upon their death. Jobs is the one of the few corporate CEOs listed for his actual work (Fox’s Murdoch is a few notches higher; the Google boys are a few notches lower; Zuckerberg, for those who care, is ranked #40).

    Of course, all such rankings are ridiculous. How can you compare the “importance” of politicians vs. corporate honchos vs. religious leaders? You can’t — but it does sell magazines…

  3. it is not weir to see bill gates in that spot, there is even El Chapo Guzman, one of the biggest drug dealers, so if bad things are taking into account, II don’t know what the Pope and Steve Jobs are doing in that list.

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