“Some are empire builders. Others are hired guns. But if they truly have world-class oomph, they’re on Fortune’s subjective – yet really quite accurate – list of the 25 most powerful businesspeople in the world,” Fortune Magazine explains.
1. Steve Jobs
Chairman and CEO, Apple
Management guru Jim Collins once called Steve Jobs the “Beethoven of business.” He was marveling at the Apple founder’s ability, time and again, to conjure digital objects of desire from esoteric blends of chips, disks, plastic, and software, and then promote them with his own alluring brand of performance art. But Jobs might also be called its Machiavelli, a man who can bend suppliers, partners, and even industries to his will.
During the first two decades of his remarkable 30-year career, Jobs 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 technology and a brand-new business model for creating computer-animated feature films.
Since returning to an ailing Apple in 1997, Jobs has exercised his increasing power with the facility of a jujitsu master. Consider: He elbowed aside the likes of Sony to change the dynamics of consumer electronics with the iPod.
He persuaded the music industry, the television networks, and Hollywood to let him show them how to distribute their wares in the Digital Age with the iTunes Music Store. He employed the arch austerity of his hugely successful Apple Stores to give 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 over-the-top entry into the cellular telephone business with the iPhone, a lozenge of glass and aluminum encasing a do-everything digital device.
That’s five industries that Jobs has upended – computers, Hollywood, music, retailing, and wireless phones. He’s also had a notable effect on how the creative aspects of all industries operate because of the software tools Apple makes for filmmaking, sound recording, and photo editing.
And he continues to be a tastemaker in TV and print advertising. Moreover, after the sale of Pixar earlier this year, he is now Disney’s (Charts, Fortune 500) biggest shareholder. At this moment, no one has more influence over a broader swath of business than Jobs.
–Brent Schlender, Fortune editor at large
Full article, “The power of Steve Jobs,” here.
The rest of the list:
2. Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corp.
3. Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs
4. Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sergei Brin, CEO; President, Products; President, Technology; Google
5. Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
6. Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil
7. Bill Gates, Founder, chairman of Microsoft; Idea thief and dispenser of ill-gotten gains
8. Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
9. Katsuaki Watanabe, President, Toyota
10. A.G. Lafley, Chairman and CEO, Procter & Gamble
Read 15 more onthe list at Macdaily news or go to the original article, here.