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:
- Bill Gates
- Steve Jobs
- Michael Dell
- Linus Torvalds
- Sergei Brin and Larry Page
- John Chambers
- Larry Ellison
- Vint Cerf
- Steve Ballmer
- 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.
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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).