Vanity Fair: Jonathan Ive, Tim Cook more influential than Lady Gaga



Your mom or tween daughter might not recognize them, but Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive are both more influential than Lady Gaga, according to Vanity Fair.

The iconic Conde Nast mag just released its 2011 New Establishment list, and this year it is dominated by people who can still probably go to the mall without being asked for autographs.

Ive and Cook took the number four spot in tandem holding down the fort for Apple (was Steve Jobs hastily erased after his resignation?), Lady Gaga was named number nine. The only woman in the top 10, she came in behind the very-important-dudes at Pixar, Netflix and Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, Vanity Fair used a picture of the “Born This Way” singer on its website to promote the upcoming issue and not the chino-wearing guys. (We suspect she looks better in a catsuit and platforms than most of them, too.)

To be fair, the idea of the list is to name the top 50 of an “innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs or “The Age of Information gives way to a burgeoning Age of Technology,” as VF editor Graydon Carter says.

And so the ranking thusly favors alpha nerds over entertainment darlings — though a few manage to sneak into the top 20 including trio Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Graham King (no. 14), Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park (no. 17) and Judd Apatow (no. 20.)

Here are the top 10:
1.    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
2.    Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google
3.    Jeff Bezos, Amazon
4.    Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive, Apple
5.    Jack Dorsey, Square, Twitter
6.    Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
7.    Reed Hastings, Netflix
8.    John Lasseter, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios
9.    Lady Gaga, singer
10.  Dan Doctoroff, Bloomberg L.P.


Via Vanity Fair

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  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    Strange there is NO writer, scientist there?!
    Since WHEN pop artists worth more than scientists and thinkers ( remember Sigmund Freud? )?

    Yr face is more beautiful, compared with of that lady.

    I have some prejudice toward women who undress to sell anything, so you know it.What is new or relevant about her art?Pop artists are more relevant as sexual toys than anything. But that is because i have not much patience for pop music.

    The NY band Dial issued only 2 albums, and no pop artist will ever much their influence on music.

    Pardon my rumbling rant!

  • Nudsui

    cool story bro

  • patelanjali

    nice information…

  • gareth edwards

    Freud was a mentalist – his theories were pure hokum. How about someone like someone like Dawkins? or perhaps some of the dudes behind the LHC?  BUT in GaGa’s defence, the’s definitely this generations watered down version of Bowie, just a visually interesting (but musically lame).

  • Annie nonymous

    Grief! This is becoming a terrible habit! Please stop recycling and retelling the tired old line of ‘women don’t get, don’t know, don’t like tech’. It is incredibly old fashion, sexist, and wrong. You lose respect, readers and revenueq every time you do this.

  • Tom McGrath

    I can’t see how Lady Gaga is that influential, really. She gets quite a bit of stick from our media. Maybe things are different in the US. I’m surprised Steve Jobs isn’t on there, but I suppose Tim is influential as well. And Ive? Ive’s a genius, who is certainly influential, I sometimes think more so than Zuckerburg (because he took the idea from someone else).

  • RaycerXray

    Lady Gaga is only influential to the people who think they’re making a statement by wearing stupid looking outfits. Oh, and by the poor misunderstood freaks of the world. Boo hoo…