Steve Jobs Tops CNBC List of Rebels, Icons, and Leaders

The 25 people who’ve had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989

The CNBC has released its ranked list of the 25 people judged to have had the biggest impact on business and finance since 1989, the year the network went on air for the first time. Perhaps not surprisingly to some.

“They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies,” reads a brief description of the Top 25 list of visionaries and leaders ranked by CNBC.

High on the list is Steven Jobs, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. “His creative genius revolutionized not just his industry and its products, but also everything from music and movies to smartphones,” according to the feature article.

The former Apple CEO tops the network’s anniversary list of the 25 most transformative personalities because, “More than any other member of our group of extraordinary entrepreneurs and executives—all outstanding leaders—his vision spurred changes far beyond his industry and put an indelible stamp on the wider culture.”

Among his notable successes, the feature story mentions the Apple II, the founding of NeXT, and the development of a graphically-oriented operating system that became the basis of OS X, reigniting Apple in 1997, the iPod and iTunes, the iPhone, and the iPad, as well as Apple’s iconic retail stores.

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