Bill Gates Ranked No.2 Behind Steve Jobs In CNBC First 25 List

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CNBC First 25

CNBC today posted a list of people called CNBC’s First 25. They have ranked list of the 25 people we judge to have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, the year CNBC went live. They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was ranked 2nd among the list and Apple founder Steve Jobs topped the list. Even though the author claims that the ranks are arguable, they have chosen based on the inputs from the panelists.

Jobs at No. 1 and Gates at No. 2? Or should it be the other way around? After all, there hardly would have been a personal computer revolution without Gates. Yes, you say, but if he hadn’t propagated an operating system, somebody else would have. True, but Gates did it. And even if IBM handed him the ball, he didn’t fumble. He built the dominant productivity software of the past quarter-century, Microsoft Office; the paramount browser, Explorer; incubated the world’s top travel website, Expedia; and hatched Xbox.

OK, you say, but he just wasn’t cool. Cool? Well, that was Jobs. He made elegant products consumers love, and he may have been the best retailer since Sam Walton.

But let’s talk about Jobs for a minute. The Apple OS never had more than a few points of market share on the desktop and laptop. Jobs didn’t put the smart in smartphones. Mike Lazaridis of BlackBerry did. And the iPod wasn’t the first portable music player. Sony’s Walkman was, and it had a radio. Philanthropy? Jobs didn’t come close to Gates. Fair enough, but he could rock a turtleneck—as well as everything from PCs, to music and movies, to smartphones—with style.

After reading their above argument, I feel Bill Gates should have been made the No.1 on the list.

Check out the full list here.

About Author

Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

  • Karthikeyan

    Off Course, Bill should top the list.

  • Mikado_Wu

    Yeah, Bill is number one. He has done far more for Technology and the World in general then the dead drugie.

  • JHughesy

    Gates has done far more than Jobs ever did.

    • Asgard

      That is so true. Gates even saved Apple from going bankrupt :D Jobs even kept all money he made for himself so that is barely making an impact on anything except for some personal fun.

    • nickcraze

      Yep they got the list wrong and although the author made the argument. Panelist? hahaha idiots

    • Zicoz

      Gates actually made stuff. All Jobs did was to take credit for other peoples work.

    • Duk3togo

      Well remember most bloggers and tech “authors” are techtards…lol

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    Steve Jobs is overrated, even his closes friends hate him, and the way he ruled Apple wasn’t even an innovative one, all he did was sell over-expensive devices, and Microsoft introduced almost all technologies we appoint Crapple with (the Tablet-P.C. most features on a smartphone), Bill Gates deserves to be #1.

  • Trance

    This is BS. Mr. Gates should be on the top of the list undoubtedly. Apple fanboys every where.

  • NNorx

    Whether Jobs and #1 or Gates is #1 is moot. That they are ahead of the Fed chairmen listed as #3 is an interesting statement about the impact of IT and consumer electronics vs monetary policy to business and financial affairs.

    Check out their criteria – they included human behaviour and global culture, as well. So I can see why CNBC gave Jobs #1.

    • Sp12er

      Well.. That’s true

  • jvs

    “a computer on every desk and in every home…” Thanks Bill!

  • Mark Matheson

    Jobs top of the list? What a poor choice. Microsoft have had decades of success and growth with Bill at the helm, they developed everything from basic operating systems to enterprise infrastructure solutions, productivity suites to databases, games consoles to ergonomic peripherals. Apple have fumbled through those decades to finally come up with their only sure-fire hit – the iPod, then the iPod with phone functionality, then the huge iPod. Way to diversify your product range!

    • Bugbog

      When you put it that way…?! :D

    • Tips_y

      ROFLMAO! The last half of your last sentence made my day!

  • LPHeadstrong

    Jobs won because he wore a turtleneck? FFS CNBC

  • Jim

    This list is stupid. Jeff Bezos is 5 but David Glass is not on the list? David Glass grew Walmart into the largest revenue producer in the world. Meg Whitman? Where is Rubin seeing between him and his disciples have been the chef advisors to the president for 14 out of the last 22 years? How about Ken Griifin?

  • Milorad

    lol what a BS.

  • alukard

    Like the sand that gets into your pants at the beach, apple is everywhere and in all minds. It will take a real massive disruption to shake them off.