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Gates and Jobs head poll of top 10 most influential personalities in IT

A recent poll by CompTIA asked IT professionals to vote on the most influential personalities in the IT industry during the past 25 years. The poll was part of CompTIA's celebration of its 25th anniversary. Here's a look at the top 10 IT leaders on the list.

A recent poll by CompTIA asked IT professionals to vote on the most influential personalities in the IT industry during the past 25 years. The poll was part of CompTIA's celebration of its 25th anniversary. Here's the list of the top 10:

  1. Bill Gates
  2. Steve Jobs
  3. Michael Dell
  4. Linus Torvalds
  5. Sergei Brin and Larry Page
  6. John Chambers
  7. Larry Ellison
  8. Vint Cerf
  9. Steve Ballmer
  10. Meg Whitman

Note that 4 and 5 are actually a tie for fourth.

This list isn't bad. Dell is a little too high. Chambers is a little too low. Ellison isn't nearly as high as he'll think he should be (only kidding, Larry). You could make a case that Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen belong on the list, since they invented the World Wide Web and the Web browser, respectively. Without them, Larry and Sergei would still be building servers out of the Legos.

What do you think about this list? Who is missing? Join the discussion.

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4 comments
dmistry
dmistry

because, he was the senior of Bill Gates in Apple and MS DOS has come from Steve's MC OS.... also, Jobs has got the MD's position after so long but in past, his jelous collegues had make him out of Apple and he joined PIXAR and meanwhile Apple was loosing its profits so the Apple team had requested Jobs to be their MD and Jobs accepted it with only 1$ salary for the year........ so, he's the best like phoenix bird who can born after it burns to ashes so no doubt, Jobs is the most influenital personality and he should be at first position int the list ~Dhruva Mistry

lmenningen
lmenningen

Well, the key concept is "influential", not inventive or creative, etc. There is no doubt the Bill Gates along with his vision of a computer on everyone's desk, belongs right where he is!

michaelashley
michaelashley

It was Steve Jobs vision - Computer on every desktop as well as That people would interact thru icons not text!